“Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” is an insightful presentation that Austin Kleon originally put together for a talk to college students. It resonated so much that he’s become a leader in creative thought, speaking at conferences such as TED and SXSW. Kleon’s premise is that no idea is truly original, so “steal” a good idea, study it, build on it, and make it your own and better — and give credit where it is due. The 10 tenets are:
But you need to read the whole book to appreciate Kleon’s creative inspiration in full. It’s not just inspirational but also motivational and fun. I thoroughly enjoyed this renewed angle on the creative thinking process.