Issue #16: This Book teaches you how to “Steal like an Artist”

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Name of Book: Steal like an Artist

Reviewed by: Ademola Adeshina

Genre: Self-Help

Author: Austin Kleon

Year of Publication: 2020


Have you ever come across this expression— fake it ’til you make it? Well if you haven’t, now you have! In his book steal like an artist, Austin Kleon suggests that one shouldn’t wait to figure out oneself before starting. Pretend to be someone until you really are and according to the context of his book, he wasn’t promoting any form of a fraudulent act.

Sometimes it is difficult to come up with ‘new ideas,’  nonetheless, Austin Kleon is of the opinion that nothing is original. Nothing comes from nowhere, an idea can be traced to another idea and that idea to another and it continues. Every new idea is just a remix or a mashup of one or more previous ideas. Does this permit artists or anyone to steal? Yes and No and this depends on how you see stealing from this perspective. Since there are no new ideas then it certainly means everyone is involved in stealing, one way or another.

“The basketball star Kobe Bryant has admitted that all of his moves on the court were stolen from watching tapes of his heroes. But initially, when Bryant stole a lot of those moves, he realized he couldn’t completely pull them off because he didn’t have the same body type as the guys he was thieving from. He had to adapt the moves to make them his own.” In this Kobe Bryant’s example, he didn’t just steal, he stole from many sources and then transformed their moves into something of his own. This could be classified as copying without plagiarism and so, yes, it is okay to steal but stealing without citing your source, or stealing from ‘one’ source isn’t good enough. According to his book, imitation isn’t flattery.

This book contains; strategies to enable you to come up with ideas continuously; ways you can practice productive procrastination and; ways to get your ideas out there. It is a must-read for anyone and everyone attempting to generate ideas and be known


  1. Nothing is new, we are only refining every thing.
    From the dance moves to the Alte styles in fashion to the totte bags we now use.


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