This technique works with our natural urge to seek inspiration from good things we see around us. You don’t want to slavishly copy someone else so look instead for the qualities that make them brilliant and see if you can bring the same qualities to your challenge. Make sure you go for lots of options at each stage of this process. If you focus too narrowly, you won’t come up with any surprising ideas.
You need: up to 30 minutes, pen and paper.
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Credit: Creative stealing goes back to the dawn of time. Alex Osborn was one of the first to codify it as a creative technique back in the 1960s. For a more modern take, try the delightful Steal like an artist by Austin Kleon.