I was asked the other day whether I had ever ‘stolen ideas or content”? To be quite honest I was gobsmacked! Now I can see you all shaking your heads and wondering if I have lost all of my marbles!
Here’s the thing, more often than not, (probably around 99.9999% of the time), something that I have heard or something that I have seen or something that I have read about, has sparked an idea for an article, in my mind.
Logic must tell you that it would be impossible for me to actually experience every single thing that I write about. Of course, that does not mean that I cannot write about the lesson that needs to be learnt or in fact learn the lesson from someone else myself.
Look, let’s be honest here – I am not saying that you should plagiarize anyone’s work or not give an author credit for something that they have written. That for me goes without saying. Words that you use that were written by someone else should be correctly credited. That’s not only a legal issue, but for me, it is also a moral one.
What I am saying though, is that words or pictures often spark another idea or are often the basis of another idea that will usually end up as an article. Pretty much like the question that was asked, that has now become this article.
This is often one way that allows ideas to be shown in perhaps a different context or from another viewpoint.
The fact of the matter is that I have several websites that I visit on a daily basis and several newsletters that I get on one feed or another and I also subscribe to several magazines and am constantly reading books that pertain to business or biographies and even non-fiction. The fact of the matter is that all of this reading makes something “click” and somewhere, something has made me think and that thought has resulted in an article being written.
So whilst I don’t condone or promote “theft” of someone else’s work or that an article that someone else wrote be attributed to yourself, I do feel that we all get ideas from somewhere and even when we do “research” we are still using other people’s work to validate what we are doing.
Think about it for a minute – and then go and write your own article!