Content Kleptomaniacs

Steal Like An Artist

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Got a big announcement this week:

My book Memes Make Millions is out!!!

If you enjoy my writing and dank memes, this is the book for you.

I journeyed deep into the underground world of memes to interview memelords making millions online. You’ll learn the tricks to meme marketing from the best in the business.

Get ready to discover how funny content can make serious money.

As a kid, I was a kleptomaniac.

I liked stealing dumb stuff like Pokemon cards and hats. I stole a few t-shirts to impress friends and show them I could do it. And I stole candy to make a girl laugh. As I got older, I grew out of this bad habit. Or did I?

Now, I’m a content-kleptomaniac. And I’m quite proud of it.

“Good artists copy, great artists steal”.

Pablo Picasso

What does Picasso mean by this quote? Good artists copy-and-paste ideas. Great artists make them into their own. We’re all taking ideas from our inspirations, the best artists make them their own. “It ain’t stealing if you put a spin on it,” says author Steven Pressfield.

If you want to make it as a creator, you need to get over your fear of stealing. No idea is truly original, we all have our influences. But you should never copy or plagiarize. You must steal with style. As Austin Kleon says, you must “steal like an artist.” Now let’s talk about some people who steal like artists.


Just ask Ryan Holiday. Yup, the Stoicism guy.

You wouldn’t expect it, but Holiday made millions off content remixing. He is the ultimate content-kleptomaniac.

Watch today’s video and then come back to learn about some more kleptos.


When I first started out in the content game, I thought I had to invent my own meme templates from scratch. Nope, that’s not how meme-ing works.

You can become a memelord with millions of followers without ever inventing a viral template. That’s the beauty of content remixing. You take an already-existing meme template and put your own spin on it. I only invented a meme template once and that was by accident (read the story).

There is a difference between good and great memelords. There are some pages where they literally just post funny memes or screenshots with no captions. That is a good memelord, they’re lazy but they’re consistent.

Then there’s memelords like myself and the ones I interviewed in Memes Make Millions who remix memes and funny ideas into their own. They add their own clever captions and work hard to make memes in their own style. We are the kleptos. Like it or not, a great memelord is an artist.

Become a content-kleptomaniac, join the memelords.


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Lol silly Sam Bank Man

Wearing this everyday not just Monday:

Ok this one was the funniest

Thanks for reading nerds.

Create some cool shit this week.

Jason Levin

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