Book club: Steal Like An Artist Review

This book appeared in front of me at the perfect moment.  I am a hairdresser that entered the business world of beauty a few years back and 2016 was my year of evaluation.  

This year taught me so many lessons.  One of which, is that not everyone you work with or for is interested in being your mentor.  Not everyone you work for is looking to set you up for success.  That is a hard lesson to learn.  You must always ask for what you need and be prepared this may not also be the path of least resistance.  I am an artist and actively seek out learning experiences.  My platform is to help hairdressers to grow as professionals.  We, as artists, think that our artistic ability can only be used behind the chair.  As I redirect my artistic journey, this New York Times Bestseller appeared on a shelf next to me in Fed-ex.  

Austin Kleon’s description of the artistic process is SPOT ON.  This book greatly influenced my passion for my new venture.  Here are his rules to help you unlock your creativity:

  1. Steal like an artist
  2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started
  3. Write the book you want to read
  4. Use your hands
  5. Side Projects and hobbies are important
  6. The Secret: Do good work and share it with people
  7. Geography is no longer our master
  8. Be nice (the world is a small town)
  9. Be boring (It’s the only way to get work done)
  10. Creativity is subtraction 

Hairdressers- I urge you to read this book!  Austin’s short book with fun graphics is music to hairdresser’s ears looking to reinvent their careers.  It is a great quick read on your commute (if you take the train haha) or in between clients.