Summary: Steal Like an Artist by Justin Kleon
Summary: Steal Like an Artist by Justin Kleon

Summary: Steal Like an Artist by Justin Kleon

What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.

Writer Wilson Mizner said, “If you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism, but if you copy from many, it’s research.”

Good Theft Vs Bad Theft

Honor vs Degrade

Study vs Skim

Steal from Many vs Steal from One

Credit vs Plagiarize

Transform vs Imitate

Remix vs Rip Off

Don’t Wait Until You Know Who You Are To Get Started

Fake it till you make it. You start out as a phony and become real.

We’re in capable of making perfect copies. Copy our heroes. Examine were I fall short. Amplify and transform into my own work.

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.

Use Your Hands

We don’t know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we do not get them from our laptops.

Use two desks: Digital and Analog. Analog desk has nothing but marker, pens, pencils, paper, index cards, and newspaper. Nothing electronic is allowed on that desk. This is where most of creative work is born. Digital desk has your laptop, monitor, scanner and drawing tablet. This where ideas are refined, edited and published.

Side Projects & Hobbies Are Important

Take time to mess around. Get lost. Wander. You never know where it’s going to lead you.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards.

Do Good Work & Share With People

If you’re worried about giving your secrets away, you can share the dots without connecting them. It’s a 2-step process.

Step-1: Do good work. It’s incredibly hard. There’re no shortcuts. Make stuff every day. You’re going to suck for a while. Fail. Get Better.

Step-2: Share it with people. Put your stuff on the Internet.

Geography Is No Longer Our Master

It’s not always necessary to leave home. Sit at your desk and listen. Don’t even listen, just wait. Don’t wait, be still and alone. The whole world will offer itself to you. Enjoy captivity.

Be Nice In A Small World

If you talk about someone on the Internet, they’ll find out. Everybody has a Google alert on their name.

The best way to vanquish your enemies on the Internet? Ignore them. The best way to make friends on the Internet? Say nice things about them.

Find the most talented person in the room, and if it’s not me, go stand next to him. Hang out with him. Try to be helpful. If you ever find I’m the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.

Don’t Break The Chain

Get a calendar. Fill in the boxes. Don’t break the chain.

Creativity Is Subtraction

Creativity isn’t just the things we choose to put in, it’s the things we choose to leave out.

In this age of information abundance, those who get ahead are the folks who figure out what to leave out, so they can concentrate on what’s important to them. Nothing is more paralyzing than the idea of limitless possibilities.