“How to steal like an artist (and 9 other things nobody told me).”

31 Mar

Check this out. It’s contains some of the best advice I’ve ever read on what it means to be a successful artist, writer, or designer — especially a young one. The credit goes to a Texas-based writer & artist named Austin Kleon.

Some of my favorite points:

Your job is to collect ideas. The best way to collect ideas is to read. Read, read, read, read, read.

You should wonder at the things nobody else is wondering about. If everybody’s wondering about apples, go wonder about oranges.

An artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there’s a difference: hoarders collect indiscriminately, the artist collects selectively. They only collect things that they really love.

In this age of information overload and abundance, those who get ahead will be the folks who figure out what to leave out, so they can concentrate on what’s important to them.

Bob Ross taught people how to paint. He gave his secrets away. Martha Stewart teaches you how to make your house and your life awesome. She gives her secrets away.

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