The only way to find your voice is to use it. It’s hardwired, built into you. Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow.

— Austin Kleon

The most uplifting Austin Kleon quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

Not everybody will get it. People will misinterpret you and what you do. They might even call you names. So get comfortable with being misunderstood, disparaged, or ignored -- the trick is to be too busy doing your work to care.

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Usually, when we talk about creativity, it's about self-expression, which is great, but for work to be art or design, there has to be someone on the other end. The audience makes the work come alive.

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You can’t be content with mastery; you have to push yourself to become a student again.

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You’re only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with.

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Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas.

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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."

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Today isn't just another day. Today I'll create something beautiful.

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Enjoy your obscurity while it lasts.

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If you’re worried about giving your secrets away, you can share your dots without connecting them.

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The more good ideas you collect, the more you can choose from to be influenced by.

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There's a balance between what you want to give the world and what it needs.

If you're lucky, your work is in the middle.

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The biggest task in the morning is to try to keep my headspace from being invaded by the outside world.

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About Austin Kleon

Quotes 76 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday June 16, 1983

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 idea incomes. You’re only going to be as good as the stuff you surround yourself with.

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You can't find your voice if you don't use it.

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If you ever find you're the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.

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So go on, get angry. But keep your mouth shut and go do your work.

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Be nice. (The world is a small town.)

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What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere.

All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original.

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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. If you ever find that you're the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.

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The best advice is not to write what you know, it's to write what you like.

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Dig into almost every overnight success story and you’ll find about a decade’s worth of hard work and perseverance.

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It sounds a little extreme, but in this day and age, if your work isn't online, it doesn't exist.

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Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.

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Nothing is more paralyzing than the idea of limitless possibilities.

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We're always being told 'find your voice.

' When I was younger, I never really knew what this meant. I used to worry a lot about voice, wondering if I had my own. But now I realize that the only way to find your voice is to use it. It's hardwired, built into you. Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow.

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Genealogy of ideas. You don’t get to pick your family, but you can pick your teachers and you can pick your friends and you can pick the music you listen to and you can pick the books you read and you can pick the movies you see.

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Be boring. (It’s the only way to get work done.)

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Copying is about reverse-engineering.

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If I'd waited to know who I was or what I was about before I started "being creative," well, I'd still be sitting around trying to figure myself out instead of making things. In my experience, it's in the act of making things and doing our work that we figure out who we are.

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Keep all your passions in your life.

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Inertia is the death of creativity

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Show your work, and when the right people show up, pay close attention to them, because they'll have a lot to show you.

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Your brain gets too comfortable in your everyday surroundings.

You need to make it uncomfortable. You need to spend some time in another land, among people that do things differently than you. Travel makes the world look new, and when the world looks new, our brains work harder.

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In the end, creativity isn’t just the things we choose to put in, it’s the things we choose to leave out.

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You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into your life.

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Pretend to be making something until you actually make something.

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In order to be found, you have to be findable.

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If we're free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and we can embrace influence instead of running from it.

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When people give advice, they're really just talking to themselves in the past.

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The best advice is not to write what you know, it's to write what you like.

Write the kind of story you like best - write the story you want to read. The same principle applies to your life and your career.

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Collect books, even if you don't plan on reading them right away.

Filmmaker John Waters has said, "Nothing is more important than an unread library."

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Do good work and share it with people.

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Don't wait until you know who you are to get started.

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That’s the thing you have to understand about the whole process of art (or the work that we do) – you’re only half of the equation. It’s an interaction between you and the person who’s going to experience the work. The person who’s going to experience the work is bringing just as much to it and is just as important as you are.

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The only way to find your voice is to use it

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School is one thing. Education is another. The two don’t always overlap. Whether you’re in school or not, it’s always your job to get yourself an education.

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You'll either find the answer or you'll come up with a better question.

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Every artist gets asked the question, 'Where do you get your ideas?' The honest artist answers, 'I steal them.'

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The artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there's a difference: Hoarders collect indiscriminately, artists collect selectively. They only collect things that they really love.

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