3 Things I Learned from Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
1. Nothing is original
We are constantly building upon what we find.
Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again. -André Gide
Be in the habit of collecting good ideas. What you watch on TV/Netflix/YouTube, read, blogs you follow, celebrities you follow online, podcasts/radio that you listen to, people that you meet — all of them produce content that you consume. If you consume garbage, then, as the saying goes, garbage in, garbage out. Develop the discipline to consume good ideas, and it becomes exponentially easier to innovate and build something.
2. Take it Easy
Good ideas need time to marinate. Your mind needs free time to wander, think, and reflect.
One thing that we constantly stress about is trying to make sure everything we do is somehow connected together, or a puzzle piece in a larger ideal picture. The reality is, most of us don’t know how the things we do and interest we have will later intersect. You only figure that out when you look backwards, so take it easy.
3. Be Boring
Creativity is energy.
To have energy you need less things to worry about. If that means keeping your day job so you don’t stress about paying bills, keep it. Have a boring daily routine that keeps your basics in order — eating, sleeping, exercise, and so on. When those things become systematic (i.e. habitual), you don’t have to give them energy. This frees you up to focus on being creative.
Originally published at Usman Consulting Group.