‘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.