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Remember these 20 quotes when you have copycats in your business

Have you heard of an internet slang word called ‘stalkcat’? It refers to those who are both an internet stalker and copycat.

So a stalkcat will stalk you and whatever you are doing and then copies you. While you might know your stalkcats, you can always figure out who your copycats are, especially in business.

No matter what, you should never be worried about copycats. Don’t be scared of going big with your ideas for fear of others copying it. This is because copycats can always copy all they want but they will always be one step behind.

If you encounter copycats in your business or even arts, bear these 20 quotes to keep yourself moving:

Strong brands are not built through shortcuts and copycats.

Bernard Kelvin Clive

Anybody who is imitating somebody else, no matter who it is, is heading in the wrong direction. It is impossible to become like somebody else. Your only hope is to become more fully yourself.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

People are going to copy your product if you build great stuff. Just because Yahoo has a search box doesn’t make it Google.

Evan Spiegel

People copy people they look up to, and good products inspire copycats.

Innocent Mwatsikesimbe

When a company creates a blue ocean and its powerful performance consequence are known, sooner or later imitators appear on the horizon.

W. Chan Kim

The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. The inventor did it, because it was natural to him, and so in him it has a charm. In the imitator, something else is natural, and he bereaves himself of his own beauty, to come short of another man’s.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You know you’re winning when you see you’re being copied.

Robin Sharma

Generally, you are held to a sound and that becomes your sound. That gets branded as your sound, and all the copycats start with it because the labels are looking for that sound.

Randy Bachman

The great idea is the one that is either saleable or is worthy of imitation.

Amit Kalantri

Stay true to yourself. An original is worth more than a copy.

Suzy Kassem
But here is why you should never be copycats yourself:

You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.

Jack Ma

If you copy then it is not self-expression.

Michael Schenker

As long as you’re being a copycat, you will never be the best copycat.

Eric Thomas

If you choose to be fearless, then be fearlessly authentic not an imitation of someone you envy.

Shannon L. Alder

When you are gunning to be like other people, you are foolishly repeating their mistakes, and the worst of it all is that you can’t even correct yours.

Michael Bassey Johnson

It is only by imitating the vices of others that I have earned my misfortunes.

Marquis de Sade

The desired shape of your dreams is different from the supposed shape of another person’s dream. When shaping your own, you may watch the process of another person’s dreams, but keep eyes away from the destination.
-Israelmore Ayivor

Do your own thing. Others own their own thing. If you copy too much, you’ll find yourself in late night cocktail lounge cover band limbo.

Kurt Cobain

Creativity versus inspiration: inspiration makes a copy, creativity makes something completely new.

Hannah Garrison

Without authenticity, we are only a poor imitation of someone else.

Tom Hayes
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Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at Kajomag.com or Twitter at @patriciahului.
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