almost 2 years ago
Book Review


Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon


After reading Show Your Work, also by Austin Kleon, I thought I'd give Steal Like An Artist a go.

This book actually came first in the series, and in short, is a book about creativity and where it comes from. One of the main arguments that Kleon makes is that 'original' art is rarely that. All the best works are influenced by a whole other body of work that's already been completed by others.

I didn't find as much use for this book as I did from Show Your Work, but that may be to do with the fact that I didn't read this book to begin with. The first half of the book is certainly useful. Kleon points to many examples of where artists "steal", and how they incorporate it into their work. The second half of the book is really just general motivation and as such there isn't anything there that I haven't already heard from other people.

Just like Show Your Work, this book is easily digested in an afternoon, and it's not worse-off for it.

Great little book for anyone just starting out in a creative endeavour. 

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almost 2 years ago
Book Review


The Dip by Seth Godin


Probably the most important book on succeeding (and quitting) that's ever been written. If you're stuck on a project, in a job or with your company then you must read this book.

The Dip is only 80 pages long, yet I got more valuable insights from it than almost anything I've ever read. I needed this book right now and it didn't disappoint. My thinking has already cleared and I now know what I must do.

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almost 2 years ago
Book Review


Show Your Work by Austin Kleon


I first heard about this book a couple of weeks ago when Derek Sivers mentioned it in a blog post and then I came across it yet again in Tim Ferriss’s Tools of Titans (which I’m currently reading), so I took the hint and bought it. 

I absolutely loved this book and I’ve read it at exactly the right time in my life for all of the contents to apply to everything I’m doing right now. It’s not a book that theorises  anything - it’s a book written from the author’s deep experience, which is deeply appealing.  

It’s a very clear and concise book that has helped me make my mind up on a range of issues. For instance, I’ve been debating with myself whether or not to syndicate certain parts of my work on other platforms and splitting my blog up into more than one site. Austin has convinced me that carving out my own little piece of the web and having complete control over it is the way forward. Deep down I knew this, but it’s always good to have someone who’s been there tell you so. 

I read this book in about four hours. It’s a small book that contains the perfect amount of information. He’s been respectful of our time. It also features lots of his illustrations throughout.  

Altogether a very motivational piece that will help clear you head and convince you that the best way to get noticed as an artist is to show your work. 

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