Episode 254: Originality is Wildly Misunderstood

Show Notes

Oh HAI a well-thought-out podcast episode is waiting for you RIGHT HERE (I know, that's unusual). But first you have to wade through Joe’s new haircut (courtesy of Vicky), vegetable gardens, and pond-water tea. After that, it’s all good stuff: your hosts are talking about why “just be yourself” is the WORST advice masquerading as profundity, and why originality is wildly misunderstood. Enjoy!

Key Points

  • [1:50] Just be yourself! What does that even mean?
  • [5:25] Vicky cut Joe’s hair. He looks like a fancy Sideshow Bob.
  • [5:55] Why is originality wildly misunderstood?
  • [7:35] How do you be yourself, like really?
  • [8:35] Do any of us truly know who we are?
  • [9:55] Do you compare yourself to others? Well, stop it!
  • [13:25] What is originality? Vicky shares her definition.
  • [16:00] Plagiarism is not cool.
  • [17:35] There are so many people who want to write a book, but they don’t read! What!
  • [18:55] How do you define and write in your own voice?
  • [20:55] Take a step back and ask yourself ‘why’ you might agree or disagree with someone’s body of work.
  • [22:55] Like this podcast? Let Vicky know and email her!

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