In today’s world, every idea has been taken. It is literally impossible to come up with a 100% original idea.
If you call yourself a creative person, I bet you constantly have ideas rolling through your head, and probably more so if you are a content creator. Writing a book, making videos, or any sort of content making will do wonders on the creative part of your brain.
Yeah, sure, you can have an idea for a space elephant wearing a unicorn onesie fighting robot pandas in the deserts of France. Sounds like it’s a pretty original idea right?
I’m sorry to tell you, but it’s not. It’s not original. The idea has already been taken. Maybe not all at once, but aspects of it. This idea belonged to that author. That idea belonged to this author.
Some aspect of every story, idea, or even thought has been used by someone else. Every possible idea has been taken…but that’s not something that should deter what ideas come to your mind.
That’s why I believe in one simple rule. A rule that I think all creative people follow when they think of new ideas.
Steal people’s ideas, but steal them creatively.
I don’t mean think of a creative way to steal their ideas. Stealing ideas outright is wrong. Stealing someone’s hard work and time is wrong.
What I mean by stealing creatively, is be inspired by them.
Be inspired by ideas you see everywhere, absorb them, and them take them in and use them.
Take everything in. Live your life, take in every sight, sound, and sense that you experience and use them to inspire you. Incorporate aspects of people ideas into your ideas.
Add your twist to them. Make them your own. Make them you. Make their ideas your own. Steal people’s ideas, creatively.
Be inspired by the hard work of others, and work hard to make those ideas yours.