Writing is a big component of what I do and I’m often charged with writing with different voices in mind.
Now, this is not to say that I have several voices in my head directing me what to do, but I’m responsible for writing things based on who’s presenting it and writing for different audiences.
The voices I employ at work are very different than me, especially the voice of the big cheese, and the content of the messages I craft are, well, not everyone’s cup of tea. This is why I come here every now and again so that MY voice remains intact.
I am NOT the best of writers and make tons of mistakes (especially here) but it’s what I love, and I’d like to think that I’ve created an accurate picture of who I am and what I’m like through words.
But, who knows if it’s paranoia or not, I find that my voice isn’t only found here. Of late, I’m seeing and hearing it in other places beyond my control. My quirks and quips being taken by others and passed off as their own.
They say that imitation (and by extension plagiarism) is the sincerest form of flattery, but when who you are and the things that you do help make YOU unique, your personal brand becomes diluted.
It always excited me to know that I could inspire someone in some teeny way, but I don’t want people to change who they are because of something they read. Now, at first glance this may seem as though I have some sort of giant, inflated ego, which is the furthest thing from the truth. I know that all of ten people will probably read this and four of them probably already hate me so I am by no means an expert.
Many would think it’s a quality problem to find shades of yourself in others, but not so much for me. Discovering who I was, carving my own niche and being confident being me was a BIG DEAL. So taking it from me stings a bit.
And yes, I get that social circles can influence you without ever being aware too, but you ultimately make the decision as to what you say, what you do and who you are.
Individuality is an amazing thing and something people should cling to. From the way you dress to the activities you participate in to the little ‘isms that will endear you to many, strive to be that person you like and people will like too. But don’t try to be someone else in order to be likeable (or maybe feared or hated – it’s all about balance!).
Being YOU is a fantastic thing to be.
How did you find YOUR voice?
What do you do to make yourself unique?
How do you ensure that you remain unique or is that even important?
Would you be flattered or upset if someone copied your style/sayings/work?
Or feel free to tell me I’m a giant bee with an itch in the comments :)