Get over yourself. You are not "original"

It saddens me to tell you, you are not original. Your ideas didn't come from thin air, you are merely remixing ideas you have been exposed to.  I know I was saddened by that fact, I want so badly to believe that some of what I do is truly original. But alas, it's not.

Are you following me.....I thought not. Let me show you with something I copied from the internet. Everything is a remix [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/14912890 w=1000&h=700]

Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo. [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/19447662 w=1000&h=700]

Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo. [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/25380454 w=1000&h=700]

Everything is a Remix Part 3 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo. [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/36881035 w=1000&h=700]

Everything is a Remix Part 4 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

These videos are, to say the least, enlightening. I'll take for example, one of my most viewed photos on flickr.

The whole family. This is not original in the least. I took the idea from a similar photo and extrapolated it to my family. In fact, I even collected all the similar examples in a flickr gallery to show you. Portrait (Brothers, side-face) Family Portrait My Kids Family portrait Family Profile Family - August, 2010

The same goes for a seemingly unique person. They are not unique in the pure sense, they are just a collection of characteristics that different people have.

After watching the above videos I felt relieved that all the stealing ideas I had done in the past was not unusual. It was the most common thing done by humans. We steal each other's ideas and improve upon them to further civilization. That's how we progress as humans, by copying and remixing.

So steal away, blatantly copy an idea. Call it your own. But it will never be. Because you are just remixing someone else's idea.

To be creative is to know which ideas to steal and transform.

Have a good day!