Copying or creating

The best work gets copied. It’s the highest form of flattery.

So don’t hold back your own work because you don’t want to copy something that already exists.

Even if you’re discovering something new, it’s likely your work will build on top of others.

In a job interview I had for Apple, I said my favourite person from history was Isaac Newton. Newton invented calculus in his twenties. We still use today.

Yet, one of Newton’s most famous quotes is, “If I have seen further it is because I’ve stood on the shoulders of giants.”

Use what others have done, thank them for it, they’ll be grateful. After all, that’s what you’re hoping for isn’t it? Other people to use, to enjoy, to share what you make.

Creating starts from copying. Don’t let your work be held back because it isn’t novel.