Recently, I have seen a lot of people frustrated with others "stealing" their stuff and using it as their own. This has happened to me as well, and to be honest, it is extremely frustrating. Personally, I put a lot of work into my posts, writing, and presentations, and when someone just comes along and claims it as their own, it is extremely deflating. Even when I think that I have an original idea or quote, I google it just to make sure that it is not someone else's. People are exposed to so many ideas that it can be confusing to differentiate between what originated with you or someone else. People make mistakes.
But instead of writing a post on why you shouldn't do that, I wanted to share why it is better to reference the work of others.
- George Couros