There are times in life when we just need a pick me up, or in the case of us creative types, some inspiration. For me, this little book called, “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon, was exactly that. A friend of mine gave me this little book a while back and while it is only about 140 pages, it’s anything but tiny with the wisdom it shares. This baby packs a punch! I have read it numerous times and have often just randomly skimmed through it whenever I am in need of some useful thoughts and it has brought my mind to new levels when considering my work. The intention is to basically show people that we can “steal” from the work of others without it being a negative thing because the evolution of art, in all forms, comes from such inspiration or “stealing” as it were. This book uses that word, which most people would immediately take in a negative way, and puts a spin on it that blows the entire concept of thievery out of the water. Kleon encourages people to abandon the cookie-cutter way of thinking and promotes the idea that we can essentially learn from what others have done before us in order to inspire the work that will come from us and long after us.
It took me all of an hour to go through this book but it stayed with me long after finishing it because the honesty and non-traditional mindset is just so intriguing. Whether you think you could benefit from these thoughts or not, I encourage you all to check this book out. It couldn’t hurt right? 😀 Get your steal on y’all!