One thing your teacher never told you in school is this: you should be stealing anything and everything you can.
WTF you say?
The definition of stealing:
Consider this. Ever since you were a child you have been copying and stealing from people. You have stolen from your parents, your family, your friends, your teachers, your hero's, and even from fictional cartoon characters.
Some might want to call this something else, but in it's simplest form we have been stealing ideas, images, thoughts, actions and habits from people since the day we were born.
1. To take (the property of another) without right or permission.
This is the stealing that get's you sent to jail (sometimes). Think about this. If you steal a car, you are going to jail. If you steal a candy bar, you are going to jail, but are we not all taking things (stealing) from those around us every day? Are we not taking ideas from others and building on them? Are we not taking style ideas from pages of magazines and copying them? Are we not stealing another person's idea or concept and incorporating it into our own lives without them giving us "specific permission" to do so?
2. To present or use (someone else's words or ideas) as one's own.
Every single person reading this is guilty (or blessed) of doing this every day. We steal an idea from a TV commercial, from a meeting we have, from an email we receive and we spin it into our own way of thinking, our own way of speaking. Almost every idea is a growth from a subconscious thought you had while learning from someone or something else! Every person on this planet is guilty of stealing every day when they hear a joke, then later tell the same joke.
3. To get or take secretly or artfully
I like the idea of this stealing because I do it every single day. I love to take photographs. Did I create the things I shoot? Absolutely not, but I steal those images and use them for my own benefit, for my own enjoyment, for my own fulfillment. Does an artist painting a mountain create that mountain from their own coincidence? No, they steal the image and present it to you and I in a way that is done with their own art and mental ability. I believe this type of stealing can help and benefit all of us. I consider this type of stealing to be the foundation of our own respective growth physically, emotionally and spiritually.
I challenge the notion that stealing is wrong. I believe we should be stealing good and positive things every single day we are alive!
Surround yourself with places, surround yourself with opportunities and most of all surround yourself with people that are worthy of stealing from!