The other day I was listening to the “classic alternative” channel on SiriusXM. Message of Love by the Pretenders was on.
In the song, Chrissie Hynde sings:
“We are all of us in the gutter. But some of us are looking at the stars.”
Wait a minute … didn’t Oscar Wilde say that in the late 1800s?
Or how about when the late great Kurt Cobain sang:
“Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not after you.”
That’s a line from the 1961 novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.
Yes, musicians steal lyrics. Perhaps the most honest admission of this fact comes from Wilco on a track from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot:
“There’s bourbon on the breath of the singer you love so much. He takes all his words from the books that you don’t read anyway.”
Guess what? Your next idea could come from the books that your competitors don’t read. That’s one way entrepreneurs “steal” ideas, and it goes way beyond books.
In this episode, you’ll discover how to increase your creativity the smart way. You’ll hear how entrepreneurs ranging from Henry Ford to Steve Jobs achieved immense innovation by borrowing ideas from others … and being quite candid about it.
Listen in for my conversation with Austin Kleon, New York Times bestselling author of Steal Like and Artist and Show Your Work. Once you understand how “stealing” actually works, your next great idea will be ready for you to find.