@AustinKleon on “How to steal like an Artist”

Austin, TX resident, Austin Kleon wrote a great article about two weeks ago. Yes, it’s long– but it’s worth reading the whole way through. Not only are there some great tips, antidotes, and words of wisdom, but he’s just an overall entertaining writer. Kleon basically runs through 10 things he “wished he’d heard when he was in college.” Ditto for us.

Check out the article here.

There are some great quotes throughout. Here are some of my favorites.

An artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there’s a difference: hoarders collect indiscriminately, the artist collects selectively. They only collect things that they really love.

There’s this very real thing that runs rampant in educated people. It’s called imposter syndrome. The clinical definition is a “psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.” It means that you feel like a phony, like you’re just winging it, that you really don’t have any idea what you’re doing.

Kurt Vonnegut said it best: “There’s only one rule I know of: goddamn it, you’ve got to be kind.” The golden rule is even more golden in our hyper-connected world.

That whole romantic image of the bohemian artist doing drugs and running around and sleeping with everyone is played out. It’s for the superhuman and the people who want to die young.

Also, here’s the list breakdown, but I promise you wont get the full effect unless you read the whole shebang.

  1. Steal like an artist.
  2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things.
  3. Write the book you want to read.
  4. Use your hands.
  5. Side projects and hobbies are important.
  6. The secret: do good work and put it where people can see it.
  7. Geography is no longer our master.
  8. Be nice. The world is a small town.
  9. Be boring. It’s the only way to get work done.
  10. Creativity is subtraction.

Now go follow Austin on Twitter.

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