In New York Times Bestseller "Steal Like an Artist", Author Austin Kleon gives a playful yet no-nonsense perspective on how to make work, and keep making more. Have you seen this book? You should probably take what you know about the concept of stealing someone's idea, and throw it right out the window. The insight contained in this little book has kept me motivated at times when I felt my creative ideas had suddenly hit that daunting brick wall. Here is why...
Think of the last time you sat down to brainstorm for an idea. Maybe you were sitting at a desk jotting some notes down on a piece of paper. Or maybe your best thinking time is done outside jogging; breathing in the fresh air. Wherever you find yourself, whatever that looks like for you, we have all experienced that moment when we just feel STUCK. It's an uncomfortable feeling, right?
For me, I feel like this hamster... generally running in circles without taking very much ground. So without completely spoiling all of the beautiful pieces of knowledge that this book has to offer, I would like to share perhaps my favorite piece to chew on.....are you ready?
Nothing is original.
That's right, NOTHING is original. (Whew!) How exciting!!! I don't know about you, but when I simply think about the stress and strain we put on our bodies and brains to come up with the 'next big thing' or the 'idea that's going to sell' because the creative juices just aren't flowing, doesn't it lift such a weight off of your shoulders to know that YOU don't have to come up with something NEW? In both business and creative endeavors, all things can be referenced from something in the past or previous time. Which means: In order to come up with our best work, we must pull from our own experiences and others around us. What inspires you? When I paint, I like to reference 3 artists in particular. When the painting is finished, it doesn't look like that person's work...it becomes my own. It's not stealing, it's called referencing.
It's "Stealing" like an artist.
Happy Brainstorming :)