“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy” ~ John Mason
We don’t need another Einstein, Lincoln, or Bob Hope. They were originals. They shined when it was their time to do so. They were original in their thinking, delivery and persona. It’s what made them unique. They were classic and you don’t mess with a classic. You cherish, learn and hopefully get inspired to also be an original.
Eleanor Roosevelt is quoted as saying that good women don’t make history. A similar phrasing could be said for being an original, unique individual. Copycats don’t make history, only originals. It’s the people who insist on amplifying their uniqueness that shine not the copycats.
The Beetles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, BB King and Michael Jackson were way ahead of their time in musical talent. They were each unique in voice, phrasing, delivery and style of music. Each was or still is an original that has inspired others to go beyond their comfort zone. That’s why they are considered classics.
Copying someone else my help you get started in expressing yourself. By copying someone else you are complimenting them because you can relate to them. However, use the copy technique as a tool to find your own voice. Discover how you can take what you’ve learned and add your own unique spin and flavor to it. Make it your own because there is nothing better than the feeling you get when others like what you love to do.
(This is a snapshot of my book, Pick Me Up – Inspirational messages to make you jump for joy)