Show Your Work
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 is 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." (Source)
Why read this
A cure for perfectionists who never start anything because that "epic craft" of theirs it's not good enough or too early to be shared with the world. A very easy read and practical workbook on creativity, personal branding, community building, storytelling and plain awesome attitude toward one's life work.
I got this book in the summer of 2015, from a friend in Germany, without realizing that I've seen the first book of Austin - Steal like an Artist - about two years ago, at other friend's office in Austria. I should have gone with the first book, but I could not resist the yellow cover.
I did read this book during a small "craft crisis". Back then I was 1000% involved in Qodemo, the company was no doing very well and I was way below the radar when it came to sharing work, ideas and experiences I went through. I was completely silent. Show Your Work inspired me to create a dedicate place for my entrepreneurship experiences and passion for education, where I shared my raw experiences, as they are. That's why it's also called tudornotes.com (the notes of Tudor) - simple, diary style stories and ideas. More lessons from this book to by applied soon. Thank you Austin.