Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But is it really?
You’ve heard it a million times, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But is it really?
The saying goes way back and has been repeated ever since, but that doesn’t make it true, it just makes it easier not to punch someone in the face who seems to be trying to steal your ideas…
Of course, it’s occasionally flattering when someone gives you credit for what you have achieved… But that depends on the situation.
How can you tell the difference between imitation and flattery?
- Other companies copying everything you do.
Yes, this does happen, others in the same field are not smart or ingenious enough to come up with their own ideas…
No big issue, because it was your idea, who ever copies your idea will never see or understand the concept of what you have worked hard to create, copycats will often develop something very similar but with no substance.
It might be incredibly annoying to endure this, but in this case it’s probably worth being flattered…
- Your co-worker steals your ideas before you get to present them.
Nope, not flattering, simply imitation.
That’s just downright playing dirty and something to take seriously to preserve your reputation as a hard worker.
- Your competitors follow your every move.
Yes, this happens all too often, they constantly watch your every move, on social media platforms, they are constantly on your company website… Looking watching what they can copy… Quite sad actually, some people shouldn’t be in business, if they can’t come up with their own original ideas maybe they should think that this may not be the business for them, they have clearly lost their competitive edge…
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Imitation, unless they make the following (stalking) official, they should be bold and like your Facebook page, and follow you on Twitter.
- Your competitors steal your ideas.
That for sure is frustrating, you work hard and dumb arse people come along and take a short cut… Yes, this happens all the time.
The reality of it is they don’t have enough brain cells to generate their own ideas.
These sorts of people are not worth focusing on, time will eventually unravel them, often these people are the dinosaurs of the business sector they work in, they really should know when to get out of business, the world has evolved and left you behind!
- You find others trying to copy what you do, but just really badly.
It’s not worth freaking out over, their poor effort will help them fall down all by themselves…
It’s like they say, give someone enough rope and they will hang themselves!!!
- Your competitors bad mouth you.
This is a little weird, but this could only be coming from their own insecurities, so try not to take it too personally and just do as you always do.
The reality of it is before you came along they probably had an easy ride… They were the default option as people didn’t know any better…
The truth is we have all experienced this in some way or another, whether it be in a restaurant or even a shopping place.
I bet when the likes of Lidl and Aldi first came along, Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s were not too happy, challenging their monopoly.
The reality of it is Lidl and Aldi dominate the shopping market place in Europe, and last time I looked Europe is a lot bigger than the UK…
Fact – Tesco has some – 6,351 stores globally, with Lidl having over 10,000 stores just in Europe…
This is no different to a London based company expanding in to other areas, having dealt with a fast paced and extremely competitive market place of London, other areas are only naturally going to follow? Why shouldn’t they, all people deserve the best, not just some half baked concept that’s had its time…
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