There seems to be those who truly know how to walk in their creative skills and those who just don’t. Many who choose not to seem to believe it is ok to take from others and assume as their own work. I have seen this so often sadly, not only in the blogging community but in a variety of industries including ministry. Let’s take a moment and discuss further, “Be Original.’
I wanted to take this time to discuss with each of you, as I have experienced this first hand unfortunately in ministry and other things. I do believe it is an honor to be an influence to others. We honestly do not know how many we are impacting and encouraging in the things we do. But let’s admit it, that does not mean its right to take from someone’s work and call it your own.
I have wanted to write about this for a little while now, I just wanted to make sure it was shared in a way that you all would be encouraged. I do not like to think of this as joining a bandwagon of other’s disappointments who have endured this but to express in the mist of this, we must stay true to who we are. Anytime, we face something that challenges us, we must decide how to handle correctly and diligently. It may seem harsh to confront something like this but it may be necessary when someone/s are purposely taking advantage of your gifting and talents and calling it their own.
It is important not to go on a rant like a victim to these things but to make it very known you recognize what the person is doing and help others who may possibly have to deal with the same things unfortunately.
To be a content creator means just that, “to be original in your creation of content.” After all, there is only one you and God has blessed each one of us with creative talents that we choose to use in life. To be genuine in all we do, is to be naturally creatively doing so. Be authentic and true to your skill, art, and your calling. You won’t have to be identical to someone else when you are being genuine in life. Yes, you may be influenced, you may be impacted and you may be challenged by other’s skills and calling. That is fine. I believe we can learn from one another and encourage one another in all we do in life. There is no need to copy someone or take from someone when you are purposely living out what you believe you are called to do.
We should be constantly growing, learning and deciding to be intentional in what we do every day.
I was inspired by @mindbeautysimplicity.com to take this moment with each of you. Unfortunately, she and other bloggers recently went through someone copying her work. Because I truly understand the disappointment and wanted to bring encouragement regarding this subject, I chose to write about it. Let’s decide to be true to who we are, and not take from someone else. Let’s acknowledge by giving credit to those who inspire us in what we do. Whether you copy a quote, a blog, a story, ideas from others please make the right choice to give honor to whom honor is do and state where and from whom you received this inspiration. There is nothing wrong with stating where you receive inspiration from. It does not make you less creative, rather it makes you honest about who motivates you. Let me hear from you. Tell me your thoughts regarding “Being Original.” Let’s take these moments together.
I have another part I’m writing regarding this topic. Stay tuned.
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