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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1st (first) edition (Feb. 28 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761169253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761169253
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 15.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
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“The book is filled with engaging anecdotes and helpful tips taken from Kleon’s experience learning to walk on his own creative feet, as well as quotes and stories from big names, ranging from Gide to Goethe to Questlove. – Fast Company co.Design
 
“Immersing yourself in Steal Like an Artist is as fine an investment in the life of your mind as you can hope to make.” – TheAtlantic.com
 
“Steal Like An Artist is an actually readable manifesto on how to properly squeeze your brain-juices and unlock your potential.” -- Thrillist

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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 subtraction.

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Only joking about the stealing. A fantastically short and simple read with lots of great advice on how to be creative. Ideas like copying artists (the right way), sharing what you have created with others. The best quote in the book: Conan O'Brien in his commencement speech: "It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique."
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A 12th century French monk, Bernard of Chartres, once observed, "We are like dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants." I thought of that observation as I read Austin Kleon's brief but insightful discussion of ten "things nobody told you about being creative," with the first serving as this book's title. There are dozens of quotations throughout the narrative that reaffirm Kleon's thesis: Almost anyone can become more creative in what they do and how they live by applying the lessons that Kleon learned during the past decade. What he learned, of course, is what he stole from others and then applied...and the world wisdom they possessed had been stolen from still others and then applied...you get the idea.

In his thought-provoking book, Ignore Everybody, Hugh MacLeod identifies and discusses a total of 40 "keys to creativity" and, of course, the first is to Ignore Everybody. Taken literally, that would include both MacLeod and Kleon. However, in each of his several books, MacLeod duly acknowledges his appreciation of countless others who have helped him to become the best Hugh MacLeod he could be. My own opinion is that Kleon has a similar objective: To help his reader think more creatively about becoming more creative by introducing his reader to a variety of different perspectives that will help the reader to become more alert, more aware, of how to live a more productive, a more enjoyable, a more fulfilling life.

The quotations he includes are indeed excellent. Several have become classic insights. Here is a representative selection:

o "Art is theft." Pablo Picasso
o "The only art I'll ever study is stuff that I can steal from." David Bowie
o "What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
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This is a fun,easy and visually appealing book with lots of images, graphics, quotes and words with handwritten appearance. There are some good ideas and useful reminders (i.e. get outdoors to get in touch with your creative side - nobody ever really gets inspired at a keyboard).

The ideas presented are simple: write every idea down, take naps, collect ideas to steal, get outside, and find hobbies as examples. All easy to implement no matter who you are and what you do.

If you buy this book expecting a fun little read then you will be happy. It is a great reminder of some basic creative principles many of us forget as we get busy in our businesses/lives.
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Lots of goodpoints. Pick your 5 close friends average their income = close to your income. Stress's the importance of selection in all aspects of life & creativity. How to use jobs to increase your skills for moving your passion forward as a business.
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A great inspiration for anyone who is involved in a creative process at work or in their personal life! Austin Kleon has a very unique and visual way of delivering his tips. After the reading you will want to get your hands dirty, literally!
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Smart, sweet, concise, inspirational, and to the point. This book is a pleasure to read, or even just to look at. Loved it, and I'm planning to buy a load to give to my friends as gifts.
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Great read and illistration. This book was uplifting and just a positive feel from front to back.it really is a must read if you are looking to add to yoyr awesome!
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What can you say? A lot of people have found this book to be really inspiring for them.

I enjoyed Mr. Kleon's illustrations, the concept of creating a family tree by studying the people that inspired the people that inspire you, and the knowledge that nothing we create is original (save maybe the manner in which we combine and present ideas).

The book is advice from an older man to his younger self, based off the hit internet post.
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