What does that even mean? Well for starters I took some time off to think about my blog and where it’s at today since its launch. And I have come to a point where I felt stuck, uninspired if you will. Nothing to do with collaborations, outfits, photography, writing, but just as an individual. But lets discuss the paradox to originality for a minute, shall we? I am known to ponder on thoughts in trying to figure out what this all means. And sometimes I feel like I get lost in my train of thoughts and find it hard to swim back to the surface. But when I do, I get a moment of clarity and everything just makes sense again.
You realize that there are millions of people trying to do similar things, something important for the first time. With the abundance amount of resource from the net, posting, creating, daring to take a plunge.
It’s hard, because you quickly realize the number of people racing with you to be original is huge.
In fact, the numbers are so daunting that the chances that you will create something that resonates, spreads and changes the culture are really close to zero. I am by far from a pessimist, but this is just the harsh reality of it.
But it’s also certain that someone will. In fact, there’s a 100% chance that someone will step up with an action or a concept so daring that it does genuinely resonate with us. Nearly zero and certain. At the same time.
So you have to pick your odds, decide what you care about and what matters the most to you and act accordingly.
People often ask me where I get my inspiration from, other than writing a blog post (a practice that’s free, and truly priceless), I unequivocally believe reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what’s going on with the rest of the world and detaching ourselves from ourselves, if that makes any sense. I call it the last great online bargain. We are all so consumed and immersed in our daily lives that we forget to look at the bigger picture.
Some of my favorite blogs to read are the following;
ManRepeller: Leandra and her team always have some fun reads, and it’s turned into a lifestyle blog over the year.
JetSetJustine: Justine is articulate and expresses her thoughts beautifully! Not to mention her personal style is impeccably on point.
JoeRogan: I know what you are thinking, “what the what?!” but his podcasts are so interesting, and it’s not all about UFC. His voice can be irritating but his guests and his candid humor is what sets him apart from others.
Penelope Trunk: Trunk is smart, brutally honest, transparent, and a little bit over the top (if you ask me) — and can be very controversial (her blog posts range from “Don’t Do What You Love” to “Choose Sex Over Money”). But agree with her or not, she ultimately offers some interesting nuggets of advice for just about everyone.
A great blog isn’t focused on the vapid race for clicks that other forms of social media encourage. Despite what brands want, I think we lose sight of what’s important from our core. And we are so immersed in it 24/7 that we are sadly so immune by it. A great blog patiently informs and challenges, using you (the reader) and your time with respect. Think about it, Google doesn’t want you to read blogs anymore. They shut down their RSS reader and they’re dumping many blog subscriptions into the gmail promo folder, where it’s languish unread. And Facebook doesn’t want you to read blogs either. They have cut back the organic sharing some blogs benefitted from so that bloggers will pay to ‘boost’ their traffic to what it used to be.
What I want to remind you guys is that, while we often compare life as a race, it’s also important to remind ourselves that not everything is one.
Once you see it that clearly, so many things are clearly not races. And when we treat life that way, we cut corners, try to find shortcuts, as well as deceive ourselves.
We sometimes abbreviate, “he/she won a particular race,” to, “he/she’s a winner.” They are two different things.
Just remember that the next time you are feeling defeated or demotivated. Not everything is about winning or losing or a race. Which brings me back to my topic at hand; the paradox to originality is that there is no such thing. Some of us just improvise better. So make sure to enjoy the moment and appreciate things for what it is.
Thanks for reading!
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