In the follow-on book, Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered, Austin Kleon talks about the art-stealing process in reverse. Doing the giving rather than stealing. Here are my reflections on the topic in the book.
“Don’t Quit Your Show”
We were put on the earth to put on a show, hopefully, a good one that benefits everyone around you.
You cannot count on success except leaving an opening of possibility for success to find you.
Keep going from one project to another. Pause and learn if you must but never stop such that you lose momentum.
“Go Away So You Can Come Back”
Sometimes you might burn out and needed a break.
If an extended sabbatical is not possible (such is the case for most of us), Kleon suggested taking “practical sabbatical” opportunities.
Leverage downtime opportunities such as commute, exercise, or a walk in the nature to disconnect electronically and recharge your brain.
Periodically jettison the materials you are already comfortable with and rethink some new stuff.
Better yet, tear down what you have not necessarily because what you have is trash.
Tear down or reinvent to inject new possibilities into your work.
Dedicate yourself to learning and show your work along the way.