Updated: Sep 7, 2020
“Art is theft” - Pablo Picasso
“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn. “
T. S. Eliot
The books begin with these two quotes which is also the main theme.
Steal like An Artist has been one of my favorite books at all times. This is an inspiring guide to creativity in the digital age, Th book presents ten transformative principles that will help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life.
Steal like an artist
Don't wait until you know who you are to get started
Write the book you want to read
Use your hands
Side projects and hobbits are important
The SecretL Do good work and share it with people
Geography is no longer our master
Be Nice ( The world is a small town )
Be Boring ( It's the only way to get work done. )
Creativity is subtraction
One of the great points made in this book is just as the title said, “ Steal like an artist”.
By stealing, the author does not mean copying the exact idea but stealing from various people, but get the best part of their ideas and combine them into forming a brand new idea. Nothing is truly original. Every idea resembles some part of an old idea. People get inspired by others’ ideas, improve from that, and build new concepts.
At this point, quantity is more important than quality. The first step is to search for ideas, lots of lots of ideas, good or bad, just get as much as possible. You never know that the idea which you first thought is bad may be useful at the end. Go to the library, go online, go outside, and look at how people approach similar issues. Ideas are everywhere and you need to look for them. Steal from anywhere.
If you are ready to inject some creativity into your life and work, get the book now. There’s much more in this book! Trust me, you won’t regret getting one.
Austin also created a journal which contains different exercises to boost your creativity.
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