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Plagiarism Is A Cop Out. Why It's Better To Be Original

Plagiarism Is A Cop Out. Why It's Better To Be Original
From Lifehack - December 24, 2017

Plagiarism is rampant on the internet. Its so easy for people to copy, paste, and claim an idea as their own. Unfortunately, lots of people get away with it. Some even thrive on the labors of others. They may be able to skate by, but what are they really getting out of copying someone elses work?Plagiarism is rampant on the internet. Its so easy for people to copy, paste, and claim an idea as their own. Unfortunately, lots of people get away with it. Some even thrive on the labors of others. They may be able to skate by, but what are they really getting out of copying someone elses work?

The simple fact is, you cant learn and grow if you dont put in the effort.

Were all on a quest for originality

Everyone wants to be unique. Originality showcases talent, and it gives you a competitive edge. People dont want to buy an idea that has been repackaged. New ideas sell.

The pressure to be creative in a world in which everyone is creating and sharing all the time is enormous. To complicate matters, modern life doesnt often allow us to have the time and focus that we need to innovate. When this happens, many people have a hard time coming up with new ideas and ways to solve problems.

At the first sign of a creative blockage, people may turn to the work of others for inspiration. Sometimes this is enough to get them on track, but they may also be tempted to copy someone elses idea so that they can get their product out on time.

Over time, a person can develop a habit of repackaging someone elses work instead of coming up with fresh ideas. Operating in this fashion may provide short-term relief, but its a formula for failure.

Plagiarism is like skipping levels in a video game

Imagine youre playing a game, and you get to a challenging level. Your friend is an expert at this game, so you hand the controller off to him. He easily completes the level, but when he returns the controller to you, you find the new level almost impossible to play.

Video games, like life, are designed so that you can only advance when you get the skills that you need. Until you are ready to move on, you wont be able to beat the level.

Copying is like handing off the controller. You never actually learn how to do what you need to do because someone else did all the legwork. You miss out on developing any real understanding of whatever youre trying to do when you just copy, paste, and make a few minor adjustments.

Just like you wont have the skills to make it to the next level if you let someone else do the hard work in the game, you wont have the knowledge to carry out future assignments if you dont put in the time on the one in front of you. Youll be stuck living in the shadows of others greatness. When youre in over your head, youll be more tempted to continue plagiarizing in the future.

You cant copy the spirit of originality

When someone comes up with something entirely new, theres this beautiful process that brings it into being. Their experiences combined with their skillsets produce this innovation. This is an invisible but ever-present force in new ideas.

Accept nothing less than your personal best

Plagiarism is a cop-out

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