Think ~ Create ~ Become!
When I hear athletes, artists, coaches, etc. make statements about how somebody “stole my routine”, “took my trick”, “copied my whole section”, I am always perplexed.
This mindset has never been an issue for me. There are only so many things one can do with a baton, a body, a movement, yet there are endless possibilities one can do with your imagination. It never bothered me to see others repeating things I had in my routines. It motivated me to create a twist on those very things. “Oh!” I would think, “this person has the exact series of tricks as I have in my opening… how can I make mine faster, more interesting, more exceptional…” and then I would work until I created something.
Copying? Thank you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to think, create and BECOME. I was never afraid to put my new material on the floor. I was always excited to show everyone what I had. Did people take things I had created and use them. Yes. Was it a problem? Absolutely not.
Shed the fear, anger and jealousies and just be who you are. Expand what you are capable of by continuing to raise the bar without judgement towards those who need to learn from your creativity. You can reach your highest potential by focusing on YOU and leaving the petty issues behind. You may even create something so unusual that everybody in the world copies it… and then honors you by giving it your name.