BOOK REVIEW: Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

I knew this book from my friend's instagram like weeks ago and when I finally had the time to go to the bookstore earlier I immediately searched for this book and actually bought it. Never in my entire life that I read a self-improvement book in just one to two hours. Well, the book is actually a bit small and it only has about 130-ish pages but it was fun and exciting to read.

The book was written by writer and artist Austin Kleon  and it contains 10 things to unlock your creativity:

  1. Steal like an artist
  2. Don't wait until you know who you are to get started
  3. Write the book you want to read
  4. Use your hands
  5. Side projects and hobbies are important
  6. The secret: do good work and share it with people
  7. Geography is no longer our master
  8. Be nice (the world is a small town)
  9. Be boring (it's the only way to get work done)
  10. Creativity is substraction

You see, I always thought that being creative is about creating something original, thinking about something that has never been made or done before. But in this book, it said that being creative is all about stealing. Not copy, but to collect and steal all the inspiration around you and make your own twist (AKA making/claiming it as your own). There was this interesting thing inside the book that we didn't know who we are when we were babies, and we like to copy people we look up to like our parents or Sailor Moon then we decide what we get to be or get to do. Reading this I actually felt a bit relieved that creativity is not as hard as it sounds.

It also contains some interesting things like his own stories to who he was then and who he is now, creative-stealing quotes from people like Picasso, Goethe, Conan O'Brien, doodles and 'newspaper blackouts' by Kleon himself, and so on. I guarantee after reading this book you'd began to wonder about who you are now, what you were in the past, and really try to think creatively based on the book.

The book is really a must-have on your shelves.

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  1. the title book is very interesting :D