By: Angela Duckworth
I believe in personality plagiarism.
Why? Because imitation is not only the highest form of flattery, it’s also one of the fastest forms of learning.
For example, before writing my first scientific paper, I made a small pile of published articles that were especially lucid and compelling. Then I reread them. And I made notes in the margins: Begins with a quote. Short sentence at end of paragraph. Big idea up front.
And then, without delay, I sat down to mimic what I’d observed.
It may seem that copying what other people do is cheating. Many of my students assume that I want them to figure everything out on their own. But it turns out that a great deal of human learning is imitation. We were all born to copy-paste.
avor, “Who else has done this before me? How did they do it? And what can their example teach me?”
With grit and gratitude,
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