For her weekly Blogging Insights prompts, Dr. Tanya provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.
This week’s quote, like last week’s, is unattributed.
“Don’t be the same, be better.”
And, like last week’s, this trite quote also sounds like something you might find inside a fortune cookie.
I know that the message is attempting to motivate the writer to change things up, to dare to be different, or to at least try something different. The quote honestly reminded me of the almost meaningless slogan that Melania Trump came up with when she was the First Lady:
I’m going to suggest three alternative quotes that I think offer the same essential message but in more provocative ways. This first one is from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”
This next quote that is often mistakenly attributed to Albert Einstein:
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
And this last quote is attributed to Henry Ford:
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
I think any one of these quotes says it better than “Don’t be the same, be different.” Don’t you agree? Which one is your favorite?