Austin Kleon is a seriously creative guy, and offers his version of a “things I wish someone told me in college” talk, “How to Steal like an Artist.” The Austin, TX-based writer and artist created an illustrated version of ten things essential to the creative lifestyle, and the process that goes into making something you love.
You’re ready. Start making stuff.
You might be scared. That’s natural.
There’s this very real thing that runs rampant in educated people. It’s calledimposter syndrome. The clinical definition is a “psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.” It means that you feel like a phony, like you’re just winging it, that you really don’t have any idea what you’re doing.
None of us do. I had no idea what I was doing when I started blacking out newspaper columns. All I knew was that it felt good. It didn’t feel like work. It felt like play.
Ask any real artist, and they’ll tell you the truth: they don’t know where the good stuff comes from. They just show up to do their thing. Every day.