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Steal Like an Artist

Steal Like an Artist

Date read: 2020-11-05
How strongly I recommend it: 8.14/10
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Steal Like an Artist

Side project and hobbies

“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”

“It’s the side projects that really take off. By side projects I mean the stuff that you thought was just messing around. Stuff that’s just play. ”

“have a lot of projects going at once so you can bounce between them”

“If you have two or three real passions, don’t feel like you have to pick and choose between them. Don’t discard. Keep all your passions in your life. ”

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards.”

“if you love different things, you just keep spending time with them. “Let them talk to each other. Something will begin to happen.”

Find the most talented person in the room

“There’s only one reason I’m here: I’m here to make friends.”

“Find the most talented person in the room, and if it’s not you, go stand next to him. Hang out with him. Try to be helpful”

“If you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.”

Collecting and choosing good ideas

“Your job is to collect good ideas. The more good ideas you collect, the more you can choose from to be influenced by.”

“Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.”

“Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away”

“Don’t worry about doing research. Just search.”

“It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected.”

—Mark Twain”

Copy and create

“you have to start doing the work you want to be doing.”

“Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find your self.”

Choose what to leave out

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

“The way to get over creative block is to simply place some constraints on yourself”

“Don’t make excuses for not working—make things with the time, space, and materials you have, right now.”

Computer and ideas

“The computer is really good for editing your ideas, and it’s really good for getting your ideas ready for publishing out into the world, but it’s not really good for generating ideas.”

“The computer brings out the uptight perfectionist in us—we start editing ideas before we have them.”