Who’s done it before you?

The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle

“We are often told that talented people acquire their skills by following their “natural instincts.”  This sounds nice, but in fact it is baloney.  All improvement is about absorbing and applying new information, and the best source is top performers.  So steal it.

Stealing has a long tradition in arts, sports, and design, where it often goes by the name of “influence.”  The young Steve Jobs stole the idea for the computer mouse and drop-down menus from Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.  The young Beattles stole the high “wooooo” sounds in “She Loves You,” “From Me To You,” and “Twist and Shout,” from their idol Little Richard.  The young Babe Ruth based his swing on the mighty uppercut hero, Shoeless Joe Jackson.  As Pablo Picasso (no slouch at theft himself) put it, “Good artists borrow. Great artists steal.”


Look around you and see who has done what you want to do and copy what they are doing.

Are there things you are trying to figure out the hard way when others have already figured it out?

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Quotes from: Daniel Coyle, The Little Book of Talent (New York: Bantam Books, 2012), page 9.

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