“STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST” By Austin Kleon.
Well, to be honest the tittle totally sold me out!! Like, what kind of artist? who is the artist? and stealing, really stealing?? what would they steal ? I finished it in 5 days :p , I kinda grasp the essence of the book. Eventhough, some part are still stucked in my head need a real example to be sure. However, I really enjoyed it and I might perceive the writer try to motivate people to be creative in life.
FYI, I really hate a motivational book or anything that labelled as “motivational” because I personally think that motivation doesnt have to be told by someone else, especially someone I barely even know. Some famous motivators talk like they didn’t mean it and their “motivational speech” sounds like boring repetition and might mistaken as too good to be true story.
However, I do find this book is someway different. This is such light and refreshing book to read. The author, Austin kleon (the author) mentioned that this book was made as an advice by himself to previous version of himself. His theory is “When people give you advice, they really talking to themself in the past” and that was what he did. So, I might take this book as quasi-autobiography but in a form of advices about his creativity and his youth.
There are some quotes or ideas that I really like:
” Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again” – Andre Gide.
His point is “NOTHING IS ORIGINAL.” Every new thing or new idea is just mashed up of one or more previous idea OR an old idea in a new dress. That means creativity is never just coming out from nothing or nowhere because every artist will always have muse or influence to look up to.
” We are shaped and fashioned by what we love ” – Goethe.
He mentioned that “you” (as he refer to the reader) are the summary of what you like or what you feel inspired by. As he quote Jay-z to support his statement,
“We were kids without fathers… so we found our fathers on wax and on the streets and in history. We got to pick and choose the ancestors who would inspire the world we were going to make for ourselves” – Jay-Z.
What I understand from this statement is that people’s character are created from the fusion of certain interests in everything that lives around them. In addition, he also add that we are the real example, as we are a remix of both our parents and all of our ancestor genes. Which he thought the formula 1+1=3 was appropriate for this theory.
According the book, Austin concept of “steal” is about something/someone that inspired you and find their influences as an inspiration to contribute to your creativity. Consequently, all this thing will also shape your personality and character.
” If you copy from one person its plagiarism, but if you copy from many, its research”- Wilson Mizner.
I love this last quote!! I find this very relatable to everything in real life. Therefore, it is really important to “steal” influence from something that really inspired you and make it your own. So we shall start soon and try to find our muse and interests :). Thats all my summary of this book, I hope I can courage you guys to read more or at least gain something from my writing lol 🙂
PS: The picture is not mine, from google. All the quotes, from Austin Kleon book “Steal like an artist”.