Editor's Edge, F*ck Flattery

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. We’ve all heard it, we all know it…buuut that doesn’t make it any less annoying. When it comes to flattery, there’s a fine line between love and hate. Sometimes, we blush when our work is imitated. It legitimizes us, validates our creative ideas and propels us forward. “You like me? You really like me!

Other times, we are mother-effing pissed. We think, "That b*tch stole my look and no one will know that it was my idea first!" It's tough to keep thinks to yourself these days with everything so readily accessible at the swipe of an iPhone.

Instead of agonizing over what seems inevitable, think of it as healthy business competition. Just imagine, without Coke there would be no Pepsi, without McDonald's no Burger King, without.....Backstreet Boys no *NSYNC! Find your idea, bring it to life and share that idea. When it's been copied, be flattered, enjoy a brief eye roll, and recognize that it's time to move on to your next big idea!

With every flattering incident, you will be forced to reflect, reinvent and revive your brand.

There will always be those who want to copy flatter you, and soon you'll realize that they're  the reason you keep going and working and succeeding. You are their inspiration and they are your #1 motivation.