Reinventing the Wheel
Updated: Aug 6, 2021
I am sure you have heard the saying, “Don’t reinvent the wheel.” The problem with reinventing the wheel, particularly when working on projects, is you are doing something that does not need to be done because it has already been done. If something was already done, just use that as a blueprint to create something new. If you reinvent the wheel, your energy is being spent in an area that it does not need to be spent. If your energy is being spent where it should not be spent, it will take your creative abilities from other areas of the project you’re working on. That would be a waste of your time.
Instead of starting from scratch, concentrate your efforts on how you can enhance what has already been done based on doing research. For example, when I wanted to create this blog, I reviewed other blogs to see what was being discussed in the “blogosphere,” I saw what the blogs looked like aesthetically and reviewed how the pages were formatted by paragraph and length. I saw what was already done and enhanced my blog by using particular colors and formatting when I created it. In addition, I wanted positive subject-matter so reading other positive written material helped me to formulate the areas I wanted to concentrate on to create my material.
To make sure that you are not reinventing the wheel concerning a project, here are some tips that you can implement: Tip #1 — Revisit what has been done already and review areas that you can expand on to make them current. Tip #2 — Talk with someone who has worked on a similar project, and keep an open mind regarding advice that person gives you. If someone has experience accomplishing a particular goal, use what that person has done as an option and expand on it. Finally, Tip #3 — Use the Internet to research your project in depth. The Internet has a wealth of information available for you to expand on your project.
Remember, if you are thinking about something specific, chances are someone else has thought the same thing in the past. However, make sure that you don’t plagiarize! Write the material in your own words. If you’re going to use a portion of another person’s material, be sure to give proper credit for using that material. Remember, it is not necessary to reinvent the wheel.
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