Good Book: Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

January 15, 2016

“Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered” by Austin Kleon

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: 

“In his New York Times bestseller Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by stealing from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey getting known.

Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. It s about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time networking. It s not self-promotion, it s self-discovery let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive. In chapters such as You Don t Have to Be a Genius; Share Something Small Every Day; and Stick Around, Kleon creates a user s manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity what he calls the ecology of talent. From broader life lessons about work (you can t find your voice if you don t use it) to the etiquette of sharing and the dangers of oversharing to the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), it s an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.”

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A super quick read, with LOTS of practical advice.

WHY IT’S GOOD:

I got a lot of practical, usable information from this book. Everything is targeted at being an artist right now. So social media, websites, and such. It’s a super quick read — took me about an hour — but there’s so much good stuff in those few pages. Austin includes wise advice/quotes from other artists, as well as his own down-to-earth ideas. I’ve implemented a lot of his advice with this new website.

Keep a highlighter handy!

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