A simple objective:
Your job is to collect good ideas. The more good ideas you have, the more you can choose from to be influenced by.
-Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist
That’s it – your only task. Reduce the whole, overwhelming complexity of life and creativity to this simple, brilliant piece of philosophy from Austin Kleon. Spend your time exposing yourself to good people, interesting places, books and movies. Learn from people who have completely opposing views to you. Dig deep into the background literature.
Where to begin:
Stuff as much good stuff as you can into your swede. Let the ideas percolate – and trust that the best will float to the top. There are whole series of documentaries available on YouTube, incredible TV series, stunning, informative podcasts… Not to mention absolute classic works of literature and film. How amazing is it to just be alive, and get to experience and think about these things.
Here’s something to kick you off – this series, from Dr. Jacob Bronkowski, is an absolute epic in the vein of Sapiens, describing humanity’s rise from simple apes to where we are today:
I can’t recommend these books highly enough either. They’re jammed full of great advice, valuable insight and (my guilty pleasure) some phenomenal quotes:
- Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work, both by Austin Kleon
- The War of Art, by Steve Pressfield
- Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
Would you like more book/documentary recommendations? More insight and analysis? What about video or audio content, transforming some of my posts into other formats?
Interested to hear your thoughts. Oh, and for all of you who’ve been following along… The exams went well. I’ll be graduating with a first-class honours degree in economics!