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What’s one of the first things a person does when they are excited about a new business venture or idea? They share it with people! They share it with friends, family, and loved ones! After all, those are people that bring you joy, comfort, and love! There’s no harm in that, right? There is always a person that doubts your idea or makes a negative comment or two- mainly because they have no drive and don’t believe in themselves- but for the most part, you’ll have people that are genuinely happy and excited for you!

But then, you also have that one person who tells you it’s a great idea, and that they wish they would have thought of it themselves. You go on about your business and start making plans. Then, all of a sudden, the person that said they wish they would have come up with the idea has now stolen your idea! Now they are accelerating to get to the finish line off of YOUR plans!

Some people will even go as far as saying that they already had this plan in mind, or that “it’s just business.” This is the best and worst way to learn to keep your mouth closed! Imitation is not always a form of flattery. It’s often just a form of lacking originality! Imitation doesn’t have to be just about business either! I’ve seen people go so far as getting the exact same vehicle as their “friend,” and trying to make their life plans based around the events happening in their friend’s life! All of this sounds like some “Single Black Female” type of madness!

I see It happening everyday amongst people, and I will never understand why a person wants to copy the lives of others! Your path is your path! A person that feels as if they have to do what others are doing, or try to one up others is a person that’s not happy with themselves. Maybe they don’t know who they are. Some people think that their friendships define them.

Your friends should be inspired by you to do more, but they should never be in competition with you. That’s why it’s best to just keep your plans to yourself, and let your results be your mouth piece!