This is extracted from the famous “Steal Like an Artist” book, written by Austin Kleon.
Austin Kleon is a writer who draws. He comes from Austin, Texas. Kleon had produced several books titled Newspaper Blackout, Steal Like an Artist, and Show Your Work!
I hope these insight will help you to be more creative than before.
1. STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST
There are nothing original in this world. Steal the things that will help you or your business stand out. It means, study, honor, remix, transform and credit.
2. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE TO GET STARTED
Steal the thinking behind the style. Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find yourself.
3. WRITE THE BOOK YOU WANT TO READ
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. Even if the worst you will buy your own product.
4. USE YOUR HANDS
Creativity peaks when we involve all of our senses. Do not use computer. Stay away from it. Play guitar, bake or cook, etc. Computers have stolen our feeling that we are actually making things.
5. SIDE PROJECTS AND HOBBIES ARE IMPORTANT
Keep your passions alive through side projects and hobbies. A hobby is something that gives but does not takes.
6. SHARE YOUR WORK WITH PEOPLE
Share your work and thoughts about what you like to get feedbacks and more idea. Do good and share it.
7. GEOGRAPHY IS NO LONGER OUR MASTER
Spend some of your time in another land among people that do things differently than you. Travel. You will see a new world and your brain work harder.
8. BE NICE
Stop fighting and competing. Start collaborating. Make friends, ignore enemies. Appreciate the good things around you. You have got to be kind.
9. BE BORING
Keep a routine. It can be more important than having a lot of time.
10. CREATIVITY IS SUBSTRACTION
Nowadays we have got overload information. A work of art represents a struggle against limitations.
Read. Go to the library. Collect books. Keep a scrapbook. Observe. Search. Keep all your passions in your life. Get a wall calendar and keep it updated. Google everything.
Featured image: Austin Kleon