The Art Of Being Original

The Art Of Being Original
Motivation
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

For almost two years, University of California Berkley graduate Turner Barr has dedicated his life’s work to building a website and web series brand, called AroundTheWorldIn80Jobs.com. Essentially, the site has been a documentation of Barr’s adventures, as he explores a vast array of different jobs in different areas of the world. To his dismay, Barr’s dedication to building the site has come crashing down before his eyes, as global human resources firm, Adecco, recently claimed and trademarked his brand.

The company issued a contest in April, which they named ‘Around The World In 80 Jobs,’ giving ten contestants the opportunity to travel the world trying out different jobs. Barr claims that Adecco’s contest strikingly resembles the unique online persona that he established, yet the company made no attempt to contact him about using the name or personality that he originated.

When searching for Barr’s brand name, he is no longer at the top of the results page. After posting about his utter confusion and disappointment with the loss of his dream job that was so carelessly swept from under his feet, Adecco faced the heavy burden of a social media backlash, which resulted in the need for an apology by the company to the public.

tumblr_me29t8qcVE1riiry7o1_1280

So, what’s the moral of the story here? Not only has a budding entrepreneur been downtrodden by the overwhelmingly selfish schemes of a multinational company, but that company has had to kick its public relations communications crisis team into overdrive after a poor decision. The lesson learned by Adecco, and translated to the public, is that originality trumps all. There is nothing more rewarding than praise for a bona fide vision that has come to fruition. Unfortunately, Turner Barr found his recognition in the form of high regard tainted by sympathy.

Originality. What does it mean to you? Consider a time that you have felt genuinely accomplished after producing an original idea. What a fulfilling feeling that was to have achieved something with your own creative ability. Compare that feeling to the consequential feelings that followed those times you can remember cheating on a test, or that time you discovered the idea of another and twisted it into your own. The feeling is not nearly as gratifying, if at all, as it’s difficult to take credit for a concept that you did not conceive on your own.

Originality results from the power of imagination. We all have an overwhelming capacity for imagination. It’s up to the individual to take advantage of that imagination and turn it into something great. The imagination is limitless. It allows us to unleash our creativity and vividly envision our wildest dreams. The imagination aids our wishful thinking, but also leads us to accomplish our greatest achievements. How do you determine what is forever fictitious from what has the potential to be the real thing? The beauty of the imagination is that we have the power to determine just that.

tumblr_mo5oggVLJD1rzoqxdo1_500

Inspiration comes from outside factors, but the greatest factor in the process of creating an original idea comes from within the self. As individuals, we are unique in one or more ways that makes us unlike any other. Thus, we are all one of a kind. The notion that every person in the world contributes something different is what makes the world such a beautiful place.

In mind, body and soul, each of us brings a distinct character to the world, which paints the blank canvas that is society. Now, more than ever, we need the creativity of Generation-Y to continue painting that canvas, building onto what is becoming more and more advanced with each passing day.

Society is advancing. Technology is advancing. Intelligence is advancing. In a world of constant growth, you are your own worst enemy. Creativity reigns over comparison to other individuals that have already established fresh, innovative ideas to contribute to the world. There is nothing more empowering to an individual than unique qualities in a crowded society, where so many seek to fit the mold rather than set themselves apart.

 

NEW YORK AERIALS

It takes bravery and courage to set yourself apart from the crowd; to be a leader rather than a follower. The greatness in courage, however, is the reward that ensues. Be bold, be inspired, be open. Speak your mind. Share your opinions and build upon your own ideas. Whatever you do, be original. Originality is the key to being a successful and happy human being, with the dignity to show for it.

Photos via Tumblr 

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Kendall Wood

Kendall Wood is a Senior Copy Editor at Elite Daily. Upon graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Kendall immediately began working as a writer for Elite Daily. After establishing a voice on the site and a short stint managing social media, she took on the role of Senior Copy Editor, with a main focus on the Contributing Content division of the site. Outside of Elite Daily, Kendall’s passion for all things food reigns supreme, which is obvious through her love of cooking. Born in Baltimore, MD, Kendall currently resides in New York and feels happiest when she’s with friends and family, making people laugh and filling her belly with good food.

More In Motivation

Motivation Levita Galinsky

3 Ways To Change Your Short-Term Mindset Into Long-Term Goals

Walking down the street, you can easily observe countless people, nervously carrying along, with their coffees in hand (or cigarette or beer can, or whatever), jolting about, with unclear focuses. What really drives this sort of ambiguously atrocious behavior? As kids, we only know how to speak our true minds and listen to our hearts. […]

Also On Elite

World

These Adorable Puppies Refuse To Let Go And Stop Hugging Each Other (Video)

Ah, young love. So sweet. So innocent. So pure. Just take a look at Tuto and Juj, two teeny pups who just can’t resist one another. Watch them snuggle and kiss each other like two teenagers in love. Your morning will automatically become a thousand times better. With their paws wrapped around each other’s chubby, […]

World

Woman Accidentally Hires Undercover Cop As Hitman To Kill Her Brother

A woman was arrested for attempted murder after she unknowingly paid an undercover cop to kill her brother. Larisa Kazakova, 32, and her 29-year-old brother, Mukhtarbek, moved from Kyrgyzstan to Russia two years ago. Larisa worked as a housekeeper, but said Mukhtarbek refused to get a job and continued to spend his sister’s hard-earned money. He […]

Humor

Epic Movie Trailer Voice Brings Excitement To The Food Court (Video)

It’s been a while since we’ve shared anything from the Epic Movie Trailer Voice guy, so it’s about time to bless you with his newest video. In the latest prank by YouTube channel Break, voice-over master Jon Bailey hits up the food court at Universal CityWalk in LA. It’s not so much a prank as […]

World

Canada Took US Media To School By The Way Ottawa Shootings Were Handled

In the wake of this week’s Ottawa shootings, many Americans find themselves wishing our country covered breaking news the way Canada does. In both newspapers and on television, Canadian media outlets dispelled rumors before taking them public and stuck to the facts. The Atlantic’s Polly Mosendz notes that Thursday’s morning papers showed a previously unseen […]