Lemon #133.Why to collect
While reading ‘Steal like an artist’, we learned why is important to always collect crazy ideas. Austin Kleon says in his book:
There’s an economic theory out there that if you take the incomes of your five closest friends and average them, the resulting number will be pretty close to your own income. I think the same thing is true of our idea incomes.
Your job is to collect good ideas.
Chew on one thinker – writer, artist, role model – you really love. Study everything there is to know about that thinker. Then find three people that thinker loved, and find out everything about them. Repeat this as many times as you can. Climb up the tree as far as you can go. Once you build your tree, it’s time to start your own branch.
School is one thing. Education is another.
You have to be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else. Google everything. Google your dreams. Google your problems. Don’t ask a question before you Google it.
Always be reading. It’s not the book you start with, it’s the book that book leads you to.
Collect books, even if you don’t plan on reading them right away. Nothing is more important than an unread library.
Austin Kleon @ Steal like an artist.