You know, I used to think that in order to become successful that I had to create unique ideas that no-one, not anothersoul on the planet had had and then do my best to market them before others had their own 'unique' ideas that were the same as mine (think about that for a second)
I used to think that if someone took one of my ideas and used it tomake money then they were somehow stealing something from me and weakening my position so that my own success would falter and that if I did the same with theirs that this somehow made ME a thief.
I used to think "I can't do that, it's already been done... I've missed the boat on this" and quit projects that I'd been passionate about because someone 'beat' me to bringing it to market.
I used to.
But not anymore.
Now I realise that no idea is truly unique but that each of us hasa unique way of applying (or failing to apply) our ideas to ourlives. Because of this, there is more than enough room forEVERY idea any of us ever have.
If this wan't the case then there would only ever be one of anytype of commodity or item in the world.
One type of car.
One type of TV.
One type of washing machine.
One type of [Insert what YOU do here]
But there's not is there?
There are hundreds, if not thousands of each of these things.
Why not one more?
Now I realise that every person who came before me and everyone who
follows gets an equal share of all the information and ideas of allthe generations who precede them. It doesn't make sense NOT to use
You wouldn't dismiss reading because someone else 'invented' it
You wouldn't rid your home of electricity because someone else beat
you to it?
You wouldn't pass up medical help because you had no hand in the
founding of medical knowledge, right?
So what if what you want to do is already in existence? If you want
to do it, and do it your way then do it!
Life isn't like school.
There's no teacher who's going to mark you down for copying the kid
next to you.
Copy all you want.... then improve.
Now I realise that Thomas Edison's formula for success is the
fastest, surest way to guarantee that you get what you want from
"...start where the last man left off."
See, you really don't have to re-invent the wheel. In fact, that's
just not smart.
You CAN paint the wheel the colour your want it.
You CAN use different materials.
You CAN make it bigger or smaller, wider or narrower.
So, if it feels like success has been eluding you and that your'unique' ideas never seem to go anywhere or that others 'beat youto it' before you get the rewards, then try Edison's approach.
Start where the last person left off and add your signature to an
Try it today!
P.S - It's always easier to improve on someone elses idea thanstart from scratch. That doesn't mean that the improvement isn'tjust as valuable (or more so) than the 'original' idea. The ideayou improve upon may change millions of lives whilst the one youinsist upon being original may never see the light of day... worththinking about!
My MAGIC Hundred program is based upon ideas that came from the work of those before me and has made me pretty wealthy by most people'sstandards whilst at the same time improving the lives of everyone who uses it...