Austin Kleon on A New Way of Operating to Share Your Work and Connect With Peers
Here I am, back with another article about “what Austin Kleon says“; and if you’re on my Monthly Creative Menu‘s list, you are becoming really familiar with Kleon’s universe. The good thing is that there is always something more to learn from a student of life, and this year SXSW Keynote is here to confirm it. Austin Kleon’s keynote is the perfect follow up to last week’s The Long Game and a solid step in continuing our global conversation about the challenges of being creative in our modern era.
This global conversation might not be filmmaking specific, but it is just as important -if not more- as the technical articles about how to shoot this, or write that, as it talks about what builds our foundations as storytellers so we can grow, expand, and maybe last.
In the keynote below (that you should watch) Kleon tackles a lot of important topics, from how to behave in an inspiring and healthy way to build your community to the importance of mastery, learning, sharing and teaching.
Here are some of the points Kleon made as part of a new way of operating:
1 – Shut Up And Listen
“The way to become part of a scenius is to pay attention, to take stock of the current situation, pay attention to what others are doing and make note of the kind of things that they are sharing.”
2 – Don’t Be a Hoarder
“When you come across great stuff, share it with people, don’t keep it all to yourself. Sharing work that you love is the first step toward sharing work of your own.
3 – Credit Is Always Due
“You should always share the work of others as if it were your own, treating it with respect and care.”
4 – Identify Your Fellow Knuckleballers
“As you hang out in your scenius and you start sharing things, you will run into your fellow knuckleballers. These are your real peers, these are your inner circle, they are the people who share your obsession, the people who share a similar mission to your own. And the people with whom you share a mutual respect. And it’s very important, when you meet these people, not to treat them as your competition, but to treat them as potential collaborators, or co-conspirators.”
5 – Teach What You Know
“The minute you learn something, turn around and teach it to others, it doesn’t even matter if you’re an expert at it.”
6- Think Process not Product
“I think the best way to get started on a path to becoming part of a scenius is to think about what you want to learn to do and make a commitment to learning it in front of others, document your progress and share as you go, so others can learn along with you.”
What I share is only the tip of the iceberg, and listening to the full talk is another experience entirely.
Enjoy, be inspired, and share your thoughts:
More on Austin Kleon here