Learning to see like your heroes #BlogJune

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I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love @AustinKleon’s writing, and this is one of my favourite quotes from his book “Steal like an artist: 10 things no one ever told you about creativity.” The main point of this quote is that it’s fine to begin with imitating our favourite heroes, artists, mentors, but it needs to move beyond that. We need to not be content with imitating them (looking like them); we need to see things the way that they saw them and produce art like they might have (but with out own particular spin on it).

I suppose this also extends to professional practice; I’m sure we all have people that we look up to, or who we think about doing this whole librarian-thing really well. But we can’t be exactly like someone else; we have to put our own spin on it. But we can definitely learn from others before us, and the more influences we have – the better our own work will be!

So (at the risk of sounding like Buzzfeed) – you do you 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Learning to see like your heroes #BlogJune

  1. waooo a nice message

  2. That really is a great quote 🙂 I read “Steal like an artist” earlier this year, having first read Kleon’s second book “Show your work” – they are both fantastic reads. This post makes me think I should copy out a few of the best quotes for everyday inspiration – thank you 🙂

  3. No one is perfect and if you have lots of heroes you can choose the best traits of all of them. Patchwork role modelling.

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