Gary Bacon

Steal Like An Artist

Steal Like An Artist

Book Review

There are many books that I’ve read. My library continues to grow – even with books that I haven’t read yet. My favorites, the best that really speak to me, are few in all honesty. Lately, I’ve been reading a string of books that I wish I would have had 10 years ago ( Linchpin, Design Is A Job, etc.. ). Steal Like An Artist is now on that list.

The book rounds out a list of 10 Things that Austin Kleon wishes his younger self knew about years ago. Mostly on life and creativity:

  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.


Baltimore Inner Harbor

Read and enjoy.

Sitting on a park bench at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, I consumed this book on a Saturday afternoon. So much joy in something that inspires you.

There were a great deal of quotes that I jotted down from the book. Many times I had that “YES!” moment when something hit me that I’ve been pondering on for awhile and he said it better. I do not want to give too much away about the content of the book. We call that a spoiler. But definitely give it a go.

This Book Has a Trailer

Do yourself a favor, buy the book.