Blog 2: Steal Like an Artist

I really enjoyed reading “Steal like an Artist” by Austin Kleon. The spontaneousness and passion for creativity was mind blowing. I have never heard something so original, yet simplistic at the same time. Mr. Kleon seems like a very hard worker with wonderful work ethic. The ways in which he explains himself is unfiltered and of the utmost truthfulness.

Before this reading, I might have defined Creativity as something along the lines of originality. However, when reading from a Mr. Kleon’s perspective, I see now how creative one can be even when not being “original”. On page 7, Mr. Kleon makes a good point, “The writer Jonathan Lethem has said that when people call something “original,” nine out of ten times they just don’t know the references or the original sources involved.” This got me thinking of all the time I haven’t been “original”. Much like the Kobe Bryant example in the book, I remember in high school soccer using things and plays I had learned from club soccer. The deeper I got into this book, the more I related it.

I believe that confidence is important in writing. When writing this blog, through the many things that go through my head I rest assure that I’m writing in confidence. Confidence can be built in different ways but the best way I have found is to be content with yourself and your work. Once you realize you’re the best you can be there is nothing that can change that. Being the best I can be started in sports with me. I gained confidence in sports first by training and getting assurance and guidance from coaches and mentors. This led to me being more confident in life and school, which in turn led to me greater opportunities through clubs, etc. Taking on adversity is easier when you are confident in your abilities.

One of the things I found best to take from this book is to realize we are capable of anything. Mr. Kleon states later in this book that the fact that there are limitless opportunities to achieve things is terrifying. I strongly agree. We can be and do whatever we wish if we put ourselves to it. I also like how Mr. Kleon has an electronics desk, and a conventional desk area. The way he works best is if he switches between just the brain and what is around him and also between the internet where he does research. I plan to use some structure of the sort but in a different way soon. I have a friend that works in a similar way as Mr. Kleon in that she writes ideas on her wall and uses little technology. It is more of a free form approach she uses.

The only thing I could disagree with is the focus in chapter nine that says the only way to get work done is to be boring. It states that you must be regular and boring in your life to be creative in your work. I believe that this is false and that it takes a creative lifestyle to find creative opportunities.

3 Replies to “Blog 2: Steal Like an Artist”

  1. For starters, I wanted to tell you that I genuinely enjoyed reading your post! I couldn’t agree more with the point you made about how even the most creative people don’t have to be original. I started designing clothes a few years back as I’ve just always had a big passion for clothing. However, I never really considered myself a creative person due to the fact that majority of my designs were inspired by others. Now, after reading “Steal Like an Artist,” I have a new perspective on creativity. Even though a lot of my designs are inspired by others, they are unique in my own way. This is especially the case when I’m making music. When I listen to music, I think to myself how can I do this, but better. I really liked the quote you included about people being capable of anything they put their mind too. I’ve seen this occur numerous times within my own life and whole-heartedly believe in this motto. I started a clothing company a year ago, which is something I never thought I would actually be able to do. I knew I would need a website to sell my clothes on and since it’s expensive to hire a professional coder, I took it upon myself to learn. Never in my life did I think I would know how to code, and now I’ve made four websites since my first! All in all, thank you for sharing, it was a pleasure to read your post!

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  2. Nice post. Yeah, I definitely wasn’t expecting to find such a rich repository of wisdom when I started reading Steal Like an Artist. I feel like the advice Kleon gives is stuff we’ve heard before, but not in-depth. I think young people especially need to hear positive messages like this one more often. I’ve actually already convinced my sister to read it because I was so impressed.

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  3. I absolutely agree with your assessment of originality when it comes to creativity. To be creative, it does not necessarily mean you have to be original or you have to be the first to do something. Especially in today’s world, where we have such a great platform for everything, its hard to be original and not borrow ideas and ways from others and use them to our own benefit. Reading Steal Like an Artist, has made me realize another important point that learning from others is one way to improve your creativity.

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