10 Best Ideas from “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon | Book Summary
Why did “The Beatles” started as a cover band? Can you write a bestselling book using only 50 words? And why do good artists copy, but great artists really steal? Today, we’ll answer all of those questions and go over the 10 things no one told us about being creative.
Here are the Big 10 Ideas from “Steal Like An Artist”
(1:40) 1. Nothing is Original
Start viewing art as objective not subjective. There’s no longer “good ideas” or “bad ideas” – only ideas worth stealing & ideas not worth stealing. We can embrace influence, not run from it. When people call something “original”, nine out of ten times they just don’t remember where influences came from.
(3:00) 2. Everything Is a Remix
We are all remix. Your mother + father = you. It’s this way that 1 + 1 = 3. We are the average of the top five people we hang around most. We are also the sum of our role models and influences. Create your own “Influence Family Tree”. Identify who you are a creative remix of.
(5:45) 3. Don’t Wait – Start Before You’re Ready
Don’t let paralysis by analysis sink in. You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started in order to become great. It is not that we must “know who we are” before we create, it is in the process that we find who we are. Life isn’t about “Finding ourselves” life is about creating ourselves.
(7:45) 4. Imposter Syndrome
On your path to creating something great, it might feel as if not there yet. That fear of getting “found out” if you’re not professional at something or can only do your work part-time. You are not an imposter – you are learning. It is though imitation we learn new things faster. Musicians = scales. Painters = reproduce masterpieces. Kids = alphabet. Drums = cover songs. Remember: even The Beatles started as cover band. Paul McCartney said the only reason The Beatles wrote their own songs was so other bands couldn’t copy set.
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(9:20) 5. Steal, Don’t Plagiarize
“Stealing” like an artist is very different from “plagiarize” like an artist. Plagiarism means you’re trying to pass someone’s work as of as your own. This is self-defeating. When you plagiarize something you deny your own creativity. Like a mechanic takes apart car to see how works. We reverse engineer ideas. Wilson Mizner: “if you copy from one author it’s plagiarism, but if you copy from many, it’s research.”
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(11:00) 6. Go Deeper
Don’t just copy style, copy thinking behind style. Conan O’Brien says all comedians start by emulating heroes, fall short, then find own style. Kobe Bryant says there isn’t a move that’s a new move. Watched tapes of heroes and tried to copy. Then realized didn’t have same body type to pull off – became “original”.
(11:40) 7. Write The Book You Want to Read
Scratch your own itch. Start business you want to run. Play music you want to hear. Build products you want to use. Write the book you want to read.
(13:40) 8. The Lifespan of a Project
(16:30) 9. Write it Down
Don’t wait for creativity to knock – always be ready. Keep a log of all your creative ideas. This can be as simple as an iPhone note or a physical journal. Whatever it is, do not underestimate writing things down. Start yours today: http://www.mybestjournal.com
(17:40) 10. Simplify
The power of simplicity. No more than 3 points videos. Apple = obsessed with clean and simple. iPhone only have ONE button! Streamlined. Dr. Sues wrote “The Cat in The Hat” with only 236 words! Then editor dared him with 50 words = Green Eggs and Ham. One of bestselling children’s books of all time. Creativity is subtraction.
(20:00) Change Your Life
Write it today: http://www.mybestjournal.com
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