We’ve all stolen candy when we were between the ages of 5 to 10, and anyone that says otherwise is a scabby liar! Since then, it’s been ingrained in every fibre of our being that it’s wrong to steal. Legal statutes and the fear of the thousand baby angels weeping has taught us not to steal. But what if thieving is the key to creativity?
Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon encourages readers to collect and steal work, then transforming these pieces into a novel concept by adding one thing into the mix: ourselves. According to Kleon, creativity is about emulating your heroes but going one step further and adding your own spin.
“A wonderful flaw about human beings is that we’re incapable of making perfect copies. Our failure to copy our heroes is how we discover where our own thing lives. That is how we evolve. So: copy your heroes.
The book puts forth 9 additional rules to live by.
The only qualm I have with this book is that it fails to tell you to take risks. After all, that candy-pilfering 5 year old in you would have been bold enough to palm candy from a store and brave enough to think of cities in the sky or octopuses with wings.