From previous posts, you may already be aware of my obsession with the book Big Magic. This is the perfect book for all creatives out there. Not only does it cover topics that we all have in mind – fear, the unknown, daring to be different and failure – but also one that it’s talked about a lot in the blogger and entrepreneur world: Being original.
Countless of times we see posts about how to be authentic, how being original is so important and how to stand out in the online community. What I love about of how Elizabeth Gilbert covers this topic, is the idea of being inspired by something and making it your own.
“Aspiring writers will often tell me, I have an idea, but I’m afraid it’s already been done. Well, yes, it probably has already been done. Most things have already been done – but they have not yet been done by you.”
Let me start exploring this subject with a story. When Fashiony Fab was born as a fashion and lifestyle blog (didn’t really know what I was doing there), I seriously struggled with finding my style. And I mean style in every sense of the word: how to write in my own voice, how my blog should look like even my logo and so on.
Being a complete rookie, of course, I started following every style out there. Those creatives I admired and that were incredibly successful. I was going through a minimalist phase, just like many others were doing a couple of years ago and noticed that the blogs who adopted that style had a lot going on. So, I went with it.
For several months my blog graphics were inspired by that style, even my topics. But, in that path, is where I found what I truly wanted to show. Step by step I got closer and closer to the real me, embracing a style I loved the most. If I hadn’t started somewhere, I wouldn’t be here right now.
Don’t get me wrong, stealing work from others is a big no-no and it’s not acceptable whatsoever. But the idea I love so much about that beautiful book is that being original doesn’t necessarily only means to invent something completely from scratch. It’s simply allowing an event, image or idea to inspire you and make it your own.
The moment you take it, transform it and create something from your perspective, then it’s already different. Therefore, you are being original.
Take this post for example. That book inspired me to write this, but I’m not taking the words in it and saying I wrote them. I’m taking them in and creating something using what I learned from it. There’s a big difference.
So, if you are creating that amazing e-course, workshop, business idea or even blog post, and you are scared of someone out there doing the same, don’t be. Just create it and show it to the world.
Allow others to inspire you. Sure, you should always aim for creating something new, something the world hasn’t seen before. But don’t let fear stop you from taking the first step.
Is the fear of not being original stopping you from creating? When you start feeling like this, try:
1. Taking a closer look
“Where did this idea come from? What are those elements that haven’t been talked about before? How can I make it my own?”
I’ll give you an example. Everybody out there is doing webinars and workshops, but that doesn’t mean you should not try it just because it is already out there. If you have something to teach or share, do it. Create that awesome course and cover a topic where you feel right in your element and make it your own.
2. Just start creating
Easier said than done, I know. But don’t overthink it. The moment you start doubting yourself is when creativity fails. Sit down and do your own thing. Once you clear up your mind, everything will flow.
If you need to get inspired, that’s Ok! Go to Pinterest, go outside, read your favorite blogs and see what’s out there. Something will trigger an idea in you, and then you have a chance to be original.
3. Don’t take too long
Once it’s ready, show it to the world. Don’t wait to see if someone else does it first, or even at the same time. Send it out there and just trust that you are ready. Trust that you have what it takes.
The chance is that someone else will be thinking of that same idea, especially if it’s in your niche. But so what? It will still be completely different because you will create it.
Don’t let the fear of not being original stop you. Put this into practice and go after your goals.