Rating: 7.5 / 10
I loved this book. But not in the way that someone might enjoy a book based on how good it is. Mostly because what Austin Kleon addresses in it is something I've struggled with myself. It helped me overcome some of those struggles.
"You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into your life. You are the sum of your influences. The German writer Goethe said, “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”"
Copy your heroes. Fix what they do wrong and use their work to amplify and transform it into your own — add your own thing to it.
"What to copy is a little bit trickier. Don’t just steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes."
Harold Ramis: “Find the most talented person in the room, and if it’s not you, go stand next to him. Hang out with him. Try to be helpful.”