Originality is dead. I mean how many TV and movie spin offs, sequels, prequels, or reboots do we need? It’s gotten so bad that Lethal Weapon, a movie which I love, is a TV show that I won’t even give a chance because it comes off as a pathetic attempt by writers (or whoever) to put something out for the sake of putting something out.
When I see a copycat I see a (insert blank)-lite. In the “I need a ride industry” Uber is the juggernaut, Lyft is Uber-lite.
Are we really that lazy these days we can’t come up with fresh ideas?
This is why I feel the need to create my own original programs. I hate giving my clients other people’s programs. These programs I find were not intended for them and their goals, plus I can’t coach the intent of the program as well as it’s designer. I don’t want to come off as Zach Even-esh-lite, Dan John-lite, Eric Cressey-lite. I want to take what each one of these guys have done well and build my own style.
I don’t want to sound like everyone else. I don’t want to be mainstream. I want to be unique. I want to be honest.
This is why I struggle programming and blogging. I don’t want it to be the same regurgitated stuff everyone else is saying. I want what I say to have actual meaning. I want to be that guy when they do stand up and speak it’s because I have something important and meaningful to say. Not just because I need to.
My clients may not know if I am using someone else’s program or that I am writing about something someone else already has, but I do and that doesn’t sit well with me. It feels like stealing. I have a brain, I have ideas and I want to offer a unique training experience that is mine. I don’t want to be a copycat, I want to be the juggernaut.
How do you feel about being a copycat? What are some ways you set yourself apart from the pack? Let me know in the comments below.