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.