Master the art of copying

“Good artists copy; great artists steal.” – Austin Klein

If you have an idea that you’re excited about, do you:

a) Lock yourself in a basement like a hermit, hiding your idea from the world until you’ve cracked it.


b) Share your idea with other intelligent people, toss theories back and forth, brainstorm together — and progress a hundred times faster?

So if you live in fear of someone copying you, stop. You’re wasting your time. It’s always going to happen.

Focus instead on creating a product that isn’t easy to copy. Then, never stop innovating, iterating and improving it.

And remember: being copied is the best validation you can get. After all, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.

If you’re upset about being copied, you’re not moving fast enough  – Tim Soulo

“When you give away your work by building the network, you’re not giving it away at all. You’re building trust, authority and a positive cycle of better.”

The magnetic generosity of the network effect – Seth Godin

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