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Mimic like the Lyrebird

We all have some idols who we admire and we want to acquire their qualities to become better in life. But simply, copying what they do is not the correct way to learn something.

The Lyrebird who got its name because of resemblance to the ancient instrument Lyre. This bird when trying to impress the females, open their feathers which makes it appear like a Lyre from a distance. In order to attract the female gender this bird produces over twenty different sounds.

The sounds include the sounds of other birds too and the mimicry is so accurate that the other birds also cannot identify the difference. This level of mimicry skill is what we can get inspired from to imbibe things from people which are beneficial for us. Firstly we need to understand the difference between Active and passive mimicking.

Passive mimicry involves blindly copying the person in order to become more like him. But honestly tell me, is it really worth trying to be like someone else? Of course no, then why would we copy someone else and try to be like them? Instead of this we should focus on Active Mimicry.

Active Mimicry relates to being conscious of your actions and behaviours which you try to copy. Having the knowledge of why we copied a trait and what is the benefit it provides us. Manipulating the trait as per our choice and modifying it to our own benefit is what real application of mimicry looks like. This is what our Lyrebird did with his experience of living in the human world.

The Lyrebird naturally would only mimic the sounds of the other birds or animals because they are the ones it’s exposed to but in recent times they have acquired some interesting new sounds. Due to being exposed to human settlements and other technological advancements it incorporates the sounds of car sirens and as well as the sound of shutter from a DSLR camera.

Having the Active Mimicking ability and utilizing them in their natural habitat increases the chances of our Lyrebird to be chosen by the females over the other Lyrebirds who only mimic the birds and animals. Thus being conscious of our actions and behaviours can provide us a better understanding of our surroundings and we can make better decisions.

The Lyrebird mimics our products and it’s time to mimic this bird’s behaviour to become better learners. So let's go and observe our surroundings as well as people we admire consciously and implement the Lyrebird’s philosophy of Active Mimicry.

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