Creating something —anything— is one of the hardest things we do as humans.
Staring at a blank piece of paper, a blank canvas... if you have faced those challenges you know what I'm talking about.
But there's something that all great creators do, no matter the discipline, to cope whit that.
Some call it remixing ideas, others taking inspiration.
I like to call it Stealing.
Stealing in the creative context means getting inspired by someone else's ideas, way of thinking, or actions. Then using those ideas in combination with your own skills and experience to create something new.
That's why Kobe Bryant was a thief.
The late Kobe Bryant admitted more than once that he looked up to Michael Jordan. Kobe wanted to be the best, and that's why he set his eyes on Jordan, the G.O.A.T.
Early on, he copied, or better said, he stole Mike's moves.
The jump shot, the post moves, the competitive mentality...
With time, he developed his own skills and his own playing style. But he started by stealing.
And he ended up as one of the greatest players ever.
I'll leave you with a quote from one of my favorite books, Steal like an artist, by Austin Kleon:
Start copying. Nobody is born with a style or voice. In the beginning, we learn by pretending to be our heroes. We learn by copying.
Kobe pretended to be like Michael, his hero, and he ended up being the hero and an inspiration for a whole new generation.
Who are you stealing from? Who is your Jordan?
For anyone that's curious. The same MOVES 👇