After collecting dust on my bookshelf for 8 months, I decided to finally read Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon. The book is fun, inspiring, and provokes thought. Kleon lists 10 things nobody told you about being creative:
- 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 hobbies are important.
- The secret: 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.
Kleon says, “Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.”
I would recommend this book for anyone - not just people who claim to be artists. We're all creative in our own way. Once you finish Steal Like an Artist, and you like what you read, check out Kleon's new book Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered (coming out in March 2014).