How to Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things No One Told You About Being Creative

When I first saw this list last year, I found it incredibly humorous and informative.  Now eight months later, I found that this list is more vital than ever.  How to Steal Like an Artist is a top 10 list that breaks the boundaries and jumps out of the box that everyone else is thinking in.

An excerpt from the book description, “You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer, and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.”

Here’s the top 10 list, but I highly recommend heading over to Austin’s blog to read up more on this incredible list:

I’ve hit a few stagnant moments in my creative flow and this list helps to regain my normalcy.  Head on over and take read a few excerpts from the book and be sure to support a creative artist in his goal for “thief of the year.”

How to Steal Like an Artist

What are some things that you do to stay creative and pull yourself out of a rut?

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