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.