Book Notes: Steal like an artist


Notes from Steal Like an Artist

“Nothing is original.”


  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.
Good Theft Bad Theft
Honor Degrade
Study Skim
Steal from many Steal from one
Credit Plagiarize
Transform Imitate
Remix Ripoff
  • Start your swipe file
  • Buy and use a notebook
  • Get yourself a calendar
  • Start your logbook
Swipe File

This is where you keep your bits and pieces of inspiration.

Get Yourself A Calendar

A calendar helps you plan your work, gives you concrete goals and keeps you on track.

Applying some of the ideas from the book to chess improvement.

“Share your dots, but don’t connect them.”

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