Steal Like An Artist!

It’s right there in the Bible: ‘there is nothing new under the sun.’ This short book is all about how to increase your creativity in this digital age. The author suggests 10 ideas for people to follow in order to become creative. It is filled with a lot of quotes and anecdotes that explain how you can replicate success by emulating others.

🚀 The Book in 3 Sentences

  1. All new ideas are just mashups or remixes of one or another previsouly existing ideas.
  2. This books shares how can you replicate success by emulating the people you admire.
  3. This book will share the ways for you to think about content creation.

✍️ My Top 3 Quotes

  • Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again. ~ Andre Gide
  • If you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism. If you copy from many, it’s research. ~ Wilson Mizner
  • The only art I’ll ever study is stuff I can steal from. ~ David Bowie

📒 Notes

1. Steal Like An Artist

If you ask any honest artist how do he get ideas? His reply will be, “I steal them.” They figure out what is worth stealing and they will move to the next thing. Nothing in this world is new. Nothing is original. So what is Original? It is Undetected plagiarism. Whenever something is called ‘Original’, 9 out of 10 times is simply because they don’t the source or the reference.

Andre Gide once said, “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again.

Every new idea is a mashup or remix of another previous idea(s). You are a mashup of your habits, the books you read, the friends you have, etc. Your job is to collect good ideas. The more good ideas you collect, the more you can choose to be influenced.

How do you steal ideas?

  • In order you get ideas, you need to google everything your dreams, goals, etc. Google it until you get the answers or get the better questions.
  • Read a lot. Be curious
  • Always carry a notebook and pen with you wherever you go. Note down your ideas and thoughts as soon they occur in your mind.
  • Keep a swipe file. If you see something worth stealing anywhere, note it down and use it whenever you need some inspiration.

2. Don’t Wait Until You Know Who You Are To Get Started

Start making stuff. You’re ready and You don’t need to wait until you know who you are to get started.

Nobody is born with a style or a voice. In the beginning, we all learn by copying.

“If you steal from one author it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many it’s research.“—Wilson Mizner

Don’t just steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. It’s not about looking like your heroes but instead seeing like your heroes. You want to internalize their way of looking at the world.

At some point, you’ll have to move from imitating your heroes to emulating them. Imitation is about copying. Emulation is when imitation goes one step further, breaking through into your own thing.

Fake it till you make it.

3. Write the Book you want to Read

What should I write? The answer is to write what you know !!

The best advice is don’t write what you know, write what you like. Write the story you want to read. The same applies to your life and to your career.

Think about your favorite work and your creative heroes. What did they miss? What didn’t they make? And what could’ve been made better? If they were still alive, what would they be making today? If all your favorite makers got together and collaborated, what would they make with you leading the crew? Go make that stuff.

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.

4. Side Projects and Hobbies Are Important

It’s a good idea to have a lot of side projects in your life. When you are stuck over one project, move over to another. Practice Productive Procrastination

If you are running out of ideas take a long walk, wash the dishes. Avoiding work is a way to focus your mind. Take time to mess around. Get lost, wander. you never know where it is going to leave you.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backward.”—Steve Jobs

If you have two or three real passions, don’t feel like you have to pick and choose between them. Don’t discard. Keep all your passions in your life.

It’s important to have a hobby, something creative that’s just for you. You do it because it makes you happy. Something that gives but doesn’t take.

Don’t worry about unity—what unifies your work is the fact that you made it. One day, you’ll look back and it will all make sense.

5. The Secret: Do Good Work and Share It with People

When you’re unknown to people, you will not have any pressure. You can do whatever you want. Experiment. Do the things just for the fun of it. You will never get back that freedom again once people start paying attention to you and especially not once they start paying you money. Enjoy your obscurity while it lasts. Use it.

To become known:

  1. Do good work. Make stuff every day. Know you’re going to suck for a while. Fail. Get better.
  2. Share it with people. Put your stuff on the Internet. The more open you are about sharing your passions, the closer people will feel to your work.

People love it when you give your secrets away, and sometimes, if you’re smart about it, they’ll reward you by buying the things you’re selling.

When you open up your process and invite people in, you learn.

You don’t put yourself online only because you have something to say—you can put yourself online to find something to say.

6. Be Nice (The World is a Small Town)

Surround yourself with people who are way smarter and better than you. Surround yourself with the people who are doing really interesting work.

“Find the most talented person in the room, and if it’s not you, go stand next to him. Hang out with him. Try to be helpful.”—Harold Ramis

If you’re the most talented person in the room, find another room.

Write public fan letters. Show your appreciation without expecting anything in return, and that you get new work out of the appreciation.

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