Of course I heard this listening to something today. The context of the conversation where I heard this had to do with mobile phones – most specifically, the iPhone. I don’t know which side of the conversation you sit in, but they all seemed to think that everyone else copies the iPhone. The iPhone was the innovative thing. Go check out the tech blogs to read about it that – I don’t necessarily want to write about phones.
We do live in this world where our identity is manufactured. We buy clothes that look like everybody else’s clothes. Then we go home and we customize them. We do this with our web profiles, our cars, and our phones. We balance Being Unique, but Belonging. We can’t help but copy identity – because it’s what’s out there. If we innovate too much, we end up looking like weirdos.
There are those that lead us and innovate. They are the ones that everyone copies. They are the ones that don’t really react to anything – because they aren’t copying. They lead.
I’m not saying copying is bad. It can lead to good things and help the bottom line. You just can’t call yourself original or a leader if you’re copying. Copy?