Once a great marketing tool, the internet and social media was a place to showcase products, events, etc.
As time goes on, I’ve noticed the internet, as a whole, has simply become a place for people to gather ideas and concepts for their own business, events, etc.
Unfortunately, the more you try to prevent ‘borrowing’, the more you hurt yourself because your exposure will decrease, and in some cases, hurt your business.
So, here’s what I use to cope and what I’ve learned/realized.
1). Those who imitate are already 1 step behind. Trust and believe, before any of my ideas are shared, I’m already about 6 months ahead.
2). Those who copy are clearly lazy and are usually the same ones too lazy and unfocused to keep up with the photocopy anyway. They lack the knowledge and tenacity to maintain. Keeping in mind, that you are probably not the only person they ‘borrow’ from. I’ve learned, it’s usually just a matter of waiting them out. They usually fold. Quickly.
One point for Karma.
3). I, no matter how much I thought of myself ‘like everyone else’, have to accept how others view me differently. People often look to me for advice in business and other areas and I have to realize I’m still helping and giving advice, indirectly. Like a silent mentor. Lol.
This is how I cope. No longer frustrated, I have to remember that I’m a TRENDSETTER. People clearly look to me for the newest, lastest, fashionistic (not a word, don’t copy it) thing.
Keep watching, this brain is always working.