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Austin Kleon

The Habits & Routines Behind Great Artists

Are you creatively blocked?

Have you ever had the passion to create something — whether it’s a book, a podcast, a piece of art, or a movie — but you quit even before you start?

Maybe you tell yourself that you don’t have what it takes, so you never start the project. Or perhaps, you start working on your idea, but along the way, you experience blocks where you just don’t have the energy to invest in your art.

Or maybe it’s this — you’re afraid what other people will think of your art. Maybe they won’t understand it, they’ll think it’s stupid, or they just won’t notice it altogether.

These three reasons often block people from pursuing and achieving their artistic dreams.

But this doesn’t have to be you! You have the potential to be a successful creative in whatever industry you’re in! Don’t believe me? Well, take it from today’s guest on The School of Greatness: Austin Kleon!

“Who is going to do this work if I’m not doing it?” @austinkleon  

Austin Kleon is the New York Times bestselling author of a trilogy of illustrated books about creativity in the digital age: Steal Like An ArtistShow Your Work!, and Keep Going. He’s also the author of Newspaper Blackout, a collection of poems made by redacting the newspaper with a permanent marker.

Austin’s books have been translated into dozens of languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide. He’s been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in The New York Times and The Wall Street JournalNew York Magazine called his work “brilliant,” The Atlantic called him “positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet,” and The New Yorker said his poems “resurrect the newspaper when everybody else is declaring it dead.”

Austin speaks for organizations such as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. In previous lives, he worked as a librarian, a web designer, and an advertising copywriter. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and sons.

It was a pleasure to talk with Austin about all things art, creativity, and passion! If you’re someone who enjoys pursuing their creative side, then this interview will give you the tools to do just that on a more effective level!

Join me on Episode 1,123 to learn the habits and routines behind great artists with the one and only Austin Kleon! 

“Be kind. The world needs better human beings; it doesn’t necessarily need better artists.” @austinkleon  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What is the difference between making and sharing your work?
  • Is any idea original anymore?
  • How often do you put out work he’s not proud of?
  • What would you say to people who never finish their work?
  • What is the book you’d like to put out before you die?
  • How can people make a full-time living with art?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The routines to get out of a creative block in order to put out meaningful work.
  • The key habits of successful creatives.
  • How to get over the fear of being embarrassed by negativity.
  • Why Austin thinks making a full-time living with art is a terrible way to make a living.
  • How to steal like an artist to create your own work.
  • Plus much more…
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