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What to do if someone copies your idea

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Bevin @ 11:02 pm

(This post is part of a series of daily letters from me to my future children reporting from the emerging paradigm.)

Dear Kids:

Say you have a great idea and start putting it out there. A risk that comes with the game is getting copied. (A brilliant friend asked me for my advice about this and I gave it and wanted to put it here for you.)

The place you have most control over in this situation is your mind. If you react to this kind of thing from a scarcity mindset you will be long suffering. Head to abundance instead.

Abundance means there is always enough pie to go around. If you are in scarcity mindset, everyone is fighting over one piece of pie.

An abundance mindset when you’re getting copied, is to come from a secure position. You know there’s plenty to go around. You know, in fact, that which is real can never truly be copied.

Pay it no mind, other than to receive the flattery that your idea was so good it was worthy of copying.

Let the copies fade like a neglected store window display damaged by the sun. If you are the kind of person who seeks to be 1% better every day, you are always keeping the store display fresh. You’re innovating, finding new ways to serve customers/clients. The course of your career will stand out.

There is only ever one you in the whole of humankind. If you’re creating from an authentic place, seeking to ever become better and more authentic every day, your creations will have that imprint. And your whole career has that imprint, and all of that cannot be copied.

All the time I spent talking about and worrying about other folks copying me long ago… I literally thought to myself earlier tonight, “I had too much time on my hands to pay attention to that, I shoulda put my head down and gotten back to work on myself or my business!”

And then I remembered I don’t should on myself and I know I was always doing the best I knew how at the time!

I have never worked as hard as I do now, and I’m so glad I don’t waste my time on drama. To quote BeyoncĂ©, “Always stay gracious best revenge is your paper.”



(This post is part of a series of daily letters from me to my future children reporting from the emerging paradigm.)

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