“You just don’t to be a whiz kid; you just need to be yourself”. This is the message Austin Kleon is conveying in his book Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You about Being Creative.

This book is a guide whose illustrations, examples, exercises, graphics look and positive messages put readers in touch with their creative side. Recently, this book landed in my hands, and I couldn’t resist reading it. I must say this book is for every aspiring creative person.

About the Book

In this book – Steal like an Artist, Austin argues that creativity is not original: It builds on what came before, which is definitely TRUE. He advises looking at the things that are either worth stealing or not worth taking. He further justified his statement by clarifying that stealing here means stealing honor, remix, credit, transform and study.

The content is excellently written, well-organized and engaging. It consists of 10 sections, each with subsections.


The author covers these ten things in his book:

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.

What I like

I really loved this book. It is to the point and highly motivational.

There are many punch lines for which I like this book. Between sketched visuals, conversational tone and simple statements, it’s almost as if the author is speaking to you.

I enjoyed reading about creative stealing.

Kleon advises: “Always be reading. Go to the library. There’s magic in being surrounded by books. Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library”.

The illustrations are creative and thoughtful. Austin has presented many innovative ideas thinking out of the box.

In this book, Kleon gives quick read that offers right encouragement, good instructions, and real advice to any aspiring artist while maintaining a balance of humor and quirkiness.

The author also describes how social media and the Internet has become an essential tool for collaboration and connectivity, so it is vital to step away from digital world and plunge in real; work.

Kleon cautions. “Computers have robbed us of the feeling that we’re actually making things,” Which is a true statement, we all believe.

austin kleon steal like an artist book

Final Verdict

Written humorously, this pocketbook is packed with the hard truth on creativity and pearls of wisdom, hidden behind ever witty page.

The book is filled with quotes taken by businessmen and artists. Overall it is a good book. Once you had done reading the book, you’re perceptive towards CREATIVITY as a talent and concept of CREATIVE PEOPLE will completely change.

I recommend this masterpiece to anyone who is associated with any creative field.

The points covered are very honest and to the point, without beating around the bush.

I just appreciate the way ideas have been showcased using diagrams and pictures. They look so cool and alive that every now on then I find myself getting back to it just because of this.

Have you read this book? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

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