Today is Day 6 Jeff Goins' challenge and today's lesson is to STEAL. WHAT?!?!?!
OK, so here him out. It makes sense.
Good artists copy. Great artists steal.
Jeff explains that a good writer curates. She scoops up all the little pieces of inspiration around her, melding and mashing them, putting it all together in a hodgepodge mosaic that makes something new.
He says that sometimes, we don’t even realize we do this, but we all do it. Great artists borrow from other artists. They meld together pieces of the chaotic mess we all call life, and they end up with a whole new creation.
His challenge for today is:
Find a quote or a painting or some form of inspiration — and steal it. Make it your own. Attribute it — give credit where it’s due — but don’t be afraid to use it. Let someone else’s work springboard you into your own.
Give up on your pursuit of originality and genius and just find something that inspires you. Borrow from your friends and heroes and mash it all up into something that looks, feels, and sounds like you.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes
If you can imagine it, you can create it. if you dream it, you can become it. --William Arthur Ward
The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. --Theodore Roosevelt
You have to have a darkness...for the dawn to come. --Harrison Ford
So where did you find your inspiration?