I hate to burst your bubble, but your idea is probably not the original you thought it was. In fact someone has probably done the same thing you have in mind- because as King Solomon said “There is nothing new under the sun.” Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, it is possible to come up with a completely new idea that no one has ever encountered before. But that’s not what this post is about- this post is about you needing to look around and see if anyone has done what you want to do and see if they have done it better.

At some point in your life you’re going to have an idea that you think is completely new and wonderful and you’re going to work on it like crazy, only for you to discover later that despite all your hard work someone else has a similar idea and they did it better than you. You might even find that compared to what you have created, their creation makes yours look like a play-dough project from kindergarten next to Michelangelo’s Sculpture of David.

Does this mean that you should give up on your idea? No, it means you need to study the “masters” as artists did hundreds of years ago. Learn their technique, figure out what makes the way they developed the concept you had in mind- better. After you’ve learnt, evolve your idea. I’m not talking about imitation- because that’s the lowest form of innovation. I’m talking about seeking inspiration and being humble enough to realize that there is something to be learnt from others.

Don’t be intimidated and don’t be envious- be open to other ideas and acknowledge that you don’t know everything, look for opportunities to collaborate if possible. Whatever you do- don’t keep your idea in a bubble, because all bubbles burst, the question is, will you burst your own bubble courageously, or will you wait until it’s done for you- that will be so much harder.

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