Steal like an artist by Austin Kleon
Step 1: Wonder at something.
Step 2: Invite others to
wonder with you. You should wonder at the things nobody
else is wondering about. If everybody’s wondering about
apples, go wonder about oranges. The more open you are
about sharing your passions, the closer people will feel to
your work. Artists aren’t magicians. There’s no penalty for
revealing your secrets.
Believe it or not, I get a lot of inspiration from people like
Bob Ross and Martha Stewart. Remember Bob Ross? The
painter on PBS with the ’fro and the happy little trees? Bob
Ross taught people how to paint. He gave his secrets away.
Martha Stewart teaches you how to make your house and
your life awesome. She gives her secrets away. People love
it when you give your secrets away, and sometimes, if you’re
smart about it, they’ll reward you by buying the things
When you open up your process and invite people in, you
The truth is that even if you’re lucky enough to make a
living off doing what you truly love, it will probably take
you a while to get to that point. Until then, you’ll need a
A day job gives you money, a connection to the world, and a
routine. Freedom from financial stress also means freedom
in your art.
A day job puts you in the path of other human beings.
The solution is really simple: Figure out what time you can
carve out, what time you can steal, and stick to your routine.
Do the work every day, no matter what. No holidays, no
Last page of the book!
Not everyone understands my work.
The world will misunderstand me and my works.
You can also swear.
So, I am misunderstood and disparaged.
Get used to being ignored.
Being so busy with your work that you don't have time to worry about such things,
this is the trick
Myungja Anna Koh