Appreciating my echo facet

Appreciating my echo facet

Scott Ginsberg is an original – the name tag thing is brilliant! And, I have often wondered how he can continue to come up with great points ended with awesome questions day after day.  He is without a doubt a staple in my feedreader.

That being said, his post last week gave me pause.  He asked, “Are you the echo or the origin?” He makes a great case for the “origin.” But, I couldn’t help but feel that this subject isn’t as clear as, “Be the Origin.” While I understand and appreciate his point – the echo is getting a bad rap.

Even while I read Scott’s post, my brain immediately returned to a conversation over at Liz’s place where we were discussing the differences between using another’s work to make you great, or stealing it.  I believe now, like I did then, that there are very few truly new ideas – we get our special in the delivery.

I can hear Jay now and buddy, you are absolutely right! Content thieves, cut and pasters, copyright violators and their ilk are…well, I won’t get ugly – we’ll just leave it as not good.  But, I am not talking stealing ideas. I am talking finding inspiration.

Why do I look to creeate relationships with people smarter than me? Because they are smarter than me! Few things are more admirable in a person than the willingness to teach. Few things are more inhospitable than hording information. 

I so love to sit at the feet of that person who is a gracious teacher.  I walk away feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world – and share with them the gem that I have gleaned.

What good is it to learn, be inspired, and be the end of the movement?

What is the purpose of teaching one person, one thing, and never having that multiply into its full potential?

I am not comfortable with being the end of the line. When standing at the expanse of the Grand Canyon, most are excited about the echo.  It’s intrigue lies in the fact that while it has the properties of the original, the delivery is somewhat different.  Even those shouting usually repeat a phrase they have heard somewhere else before – “Hello!”

Do I feel that I am and belong to a community of “originals”?  You bet I do.

Do I think that all the ideas shared have originated with the person currently expressing them? I know they do not.

But I am not discouraged by the remix of the idea because the delivery is where it’s at.  I appreciate the effort and generosity of those who will learn something for themselves, pour their own heart into it, and offer it to me so that the greatness grows.

I hope I do the teacher justice when it is my turn to pass the idea on in my own special way.


  1. Hi April,
    You are more than an echo, more than a reflection too. You are an answering call, a musical response. You change the melody like in a duel of two guitars, leading the person to whom you’ve speaking to change their own part of the song. You are a dance partner who know how to follow without ever being lead. That’s what makes conversation with you intriguing, inspiring, and filled with insighted and your lovely wit. 🙂

  2. Liz – you can comment on my blog anytime. What a beautiful sound your words always make in my head. When they are directed at me, I am awestruck.

    Thank you.

  3. There’s a world of difference between stealing someone elses car and changing the plates, and seeing someone elses car and going “oh I want that” and going out and buying one too.

    There really are no orginal ideas left, just orginal execution of them.


  4. There really are no original ideas left, just original execution of them.

    I echo that thought

  5. Athol is spot on… as King Solomon said, “There is nothing new under the sun…” But it’s what we do with the basic building blocks and how we use them. As I tell my MBA students, steal from one person, it’s plagiarism; steal from many, it’s research. And that phrase is not original to me… I saw it somewhere else. But it’s true… it’s all in how we COMBINE and DELIVER what’s been done before.

    And April, having been able to get to know you through your blog, you are truly an original. As Liz pointed out, you’re more than an echo… you are your own orchestra, and a very loud and clear one at that!

  6. Phil Gerbyshak says:

    Surrounding yourself with, and learning from, those smarter than you is not being an echo; it’s just smart business. If you think about it, all of our lives are intertwined, all of our gifts shared by at least 1 other person, and yet it’s up to us to determine the packaging and delivery of these gifts. It’s great that we get to decide the WHO, the WHAT, the WHEN (and often IF) as well as the WHERE and the WHY.

    Your blend is what makes you YOU, and YOU get to decide what that means for YOU.

    So play on April. The orchestra you’re part of is music to my ears, and I’m glad to play a small part.

  7. Timothy – Thanks for the kind words. Coming from the guy that I think has whole hand firmly gripped around the concept of great delivery, it means a lot.

    Phil – Isn’t it wonderful how beautiful the blanket is when the material is masterfully interwoven! Your part isn’t as small as you might think.

  8. Great post! You expanded on the echo idea perfectly!

    Thanks for the link love too.

  9. Scott, You are welcome and thanks right back at’cha!

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