I saw something online yesterday that I wanted to share. Because of who it quoted I wanted to be certain I could find the original source. I searched and I searched, typing different things in google, putting different parts of the speech into the search bar. Every single result, on every single page, showed the exact same speech, credited to the exact same person, but not a single page cited when it was said, where it was said, or the context surrounding it. The fact that none of that was shared made me extremely hesitant to pass it along so I didn't.
The man who had been quoted and had been listed as the speaker is a man I have the utmost respect for.
I knew that a speech of this magnitude, coming from who it was said to have come from, would have to have documented sources and timeframes. But it wasn't just for that reason I didn't share it.
Had I not gone through the Promises scenario many months ago, I probably would have just (wrongfully) clicked "share". I probably would have posted it to the blog - it impacted me that much. But something in my gut told me "He didn't say this. You will be misproperly quoting. This phenomenal writing could belong to someone else that has been forgotten because 'someone' at 'some point' quoted it as 'someone else'."
I am so very glad that today I found the source. I hope you will read it and then head over to THIS POST and offer support. I know what it is to have your work taken. To be credited isn't why we write. But no writer shares so that someone else can be given credit for what we have put our passion into.
Below is the writing of Nick Palmisciano (President, Ranger Up)
Again, please visit his post and show your support. I am grateful for the many who rushed to my side to defend my writing. I hope so many can do the same for him.