60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday: Did Steve Jobs Steal Ideas?
by Diane Wyzga | September 8, 2022 | 60 Seconds, Podcast | 0 comments
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Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday and your host, Diane Wyzga.
Steve Jobs is quoted as saying, “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” In fact, some of his early ideas were lifted from Xerox; but he went on to develop his own products using his own creative thinking and intelligence. Copying is just a cheater’s game.
What do I mean? Decades ago one of my story mentors, the inimitable Jay O’Callahan, wrote a story called Orange Cheeks about his childhood days visiting a beloved grandmother. Imagine hearing someone else tell your personal story as if it were their own experience, their own work. Drummed into me at a very early storytelling age was this: you do not co-opt, conscript, copy, mimic, or take someone else’s work and call it your own.
As a well-regarded and brilliant wordsmith I am often told, “Oh! That’s perfect! I’m taking that question, tagline, idea, turn of phrase, imagery …” To you I say this: No, you won’t. You are smart, creative individuals capable of independent thought. Come up with your own style of expression. Copying someone else’s work is sheer and utter laziness.
Question: What do you think about that?
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