“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.
“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