Looking for creativity?

‘Steal like an artist’ is a book  by Justin Kleon. It’s a phenomenal read which I plan to reread. Kleon’s ideas apply to anyone who’s trying to inject some creativity into their life and work.

Some notes and quotes that stood out for me:

  • Figure out what is worth stealing. Everything’s up for grabs,  you might find it worth stealing tomorrow, next month or in a year.

 

  • Nothing is original, all creative work builds on what came before.

 

  • “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”-Andrè Gideon  (French writer)

 

  • “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love”- Goethe

 

  • I am a mash-up of what I let into by life.

 

  • The more ideas you collect, the more you can choose from to be influenced  by.

 

  • Embrace influence

 

  • School yourself. Be curious about the world, look things up, chase down every reference. Go deeper. That’s how you get ahead.

 

  • Carry a pen and paper wherever you go. Jot down your thoughts, observations, quotes and conservations. And keep it all together for inspiration.

 

  • Fake it till you make it.

 

  • You have to start doing the work you want to be doing .

 

  • “You start as a phony and become real” – Glenn O’Brien.

 

  • Start copying, if you copy from one author its plagiarism but if you copy from many its research.

 

  • We learn to write by copying down the alphabet. Musicians learn to play by practicing scales. Painters learn to paint by reproducing masterpieces.

 

  • Steal the thinking behind their style. Then move from imitating to emulating.

 

  • Imitating =copying. Emulating= move from coping to breaking into your own style.

 

  • “It is our failure to become our perceived ideals that ultimately defines us and makes us unique”- Conan O’Brien.

 

  • If you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.

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