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Greetings Blacren friends, followers, and re-tweeters sharing my space in this world-wide web. Big June from B’klyn here bringing you a brand new unfamiliar face on feeling different, featuring a fresh pair of eyes on the very old tradition of “Biting”. Not the calcium enriched pearly whites ripping through the flesh type of biting or the can’t see yourself in the mirror need someone’s blood for sustenance type of biting. This is the type of biting that when someone sees what you’re doing and decides that they want to do the same thing. In reality “there’s nothing new under the sun” (not even that quote), and the truly innovative will most likely be copied as soon as they do something that is in far contrast from what everyone else is doing. You can’t be a trendsetter without someone following that trend. I’m not addressing that type of biting in this article.
This article is about the everyday “biter” who unintentionally blurs the subtle lines that differentiate you from the next guy, the everyday biter who sees you save a little time dipping through traffic a specific way and decides they will follow you to a clearer roadway (which usually ends with you both getting tickets), or the house guest who now has the same exact sofa as you because you let it slip as to where you bought it, or the guy in the next cubicle who saw you come to work with the finger-less gloves, the new iPhone case, or the Bluetooth keyboard for your tablet and even had the nerve to buy the same brand. Yeah! those people who make you not want to wear that shirt anymore because after seeing them in it, wearing it would somehow make you a bit lame. They don’t mean any harm, it’s actually a form of flattery because they feel like you have the inside scoop on what’s cool and they obviously don’t. It’s cool, not everybody can be a leader.
If you’ve noticed that your hairstyle became popular in the office or at the salon/barbershop after you decided to show it off, or your trend for wearing plaid button-ups has become the staple of all of your buddies or you’ve noticed things that people didn’t like are now their favorite after you gave it your seal of approval, then accept it you’re a leader. Bask in the glory that people will copy what is good. For Example: I remember when I was an aspiring young rap artist, I coined a phrase “Google Big June”. It was my mantra, I put it everywhere to this day I’ve had a large presence on the internet (especially if you Google “Big June from Bklyn”).
What happened was several people after realizing the genius in this slogan usage wanted to promote themselves with the same type of results to bolster their internet presence and thus began the trend of placing the word “Google” in front of their names. Not only didn’t it roll off the tongue the same way as mine but they didn’t fare the same results. You see most of the time when someone decides to copy your style it’s a clear sign of their blatant aversion to hard work. They want to reap the same rewards as you without the same amount of effort it took to figuring out just the right amount of different. The amount that keeps you from being weird and unattractive and leads you to success. It’s the difference between iTunes and Microsoft Zune. It’s a slippery slope but when you got it, you got it.
If you have a story of how someone followed your leader leave it in the comments section at the bottom of the page:
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