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Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things.

Austin Kleon is a writer and artist living in Austin, Texas. He's the author of Newspaper Blackout.

“…There was a video going around the internet last year of Rainn Wilson, the guy who plays Dwight on The Office. He was talking about creative block, and he said this thing that drove me nuts, because I feel like it’s a license for so many people to put off making things: ‘If you don’t know who you are or what you’re about or what you believe in it’s really pretty impossible to be creative.’

“If I waited to know ‘who I was’ or ‘what I was about’ before I started ‘being creative,’ well, I’d still be sitting around trying to figure myself out instead of making things. In my experience, it’s in the act of making things that we figure out who we are…”

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