It’s easy to see what someone is doing, take what has worked well, copy it and try to reproduce that success. But it’s not going to happen.
Because you have no idea what went into making it a success in the first part – none whatsoever. You don’t know about the long nights and early mornings or the back and forth pacing or the countless ideas that came before it, you just know about the one. We can all see when you copy, especially if you work in the same company, building or pod. You took something red, you made it blue, we all know it came from the red.
So don’t copy – Invent.
Take the best ideas of many and combine them, combine them and make them into something better and invent something new. Invent a new way to log bugs, Invent a new way to track performance in production, Invent a new way to run a project. Take from everywhere around you and come together with a singular idea of how to Invent something new.
Copying is nice and all, but inventing and creating from ideas of the copy, that’s where the magic is. That’s where paths start to form that only you can take lead people down.