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Creativity & Stealing

People always ask artists “Where do you get your ideas?” Only the honest ones will answer, “I steal them." Join this Thursday's Central Standard for a conversation about all the things no one ever told you about being creative.

Our guest @AustinKleon wrote the creative manifesto Steal Like an Artist that will change the way you think about originality.

It all began when he was asked to speak to a college class, and found himself writing out the 10 things he wished he’d heard when he was starting out:

  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.

We'll ask him to explain this more on our next program.
Who did you steal from when you started doing the thing you do? Do you agree that no idea is original? Call in during the show at 816-235-2888, or shoot us an e-mail.