Elizabeth Gilbert : BIG MAGIC
Reading this book is like reading a fairy tale and a documentary at the same time – love how realistic she is with making a living on writing (or any creative job). A must-read for everybody (not only creatives!)
Liz says everybody has creativity buried deep within that gets better with practice. She fights perfectionism, and shares some revolutionary thoughts like authenticity is better than originality. She also gives you ideas on how to fight your fear.
“Let people have their opinions. More than that–let people love their opinions, just as you and I are in love with ours. But never delude yourself into believing that you require someone else’s blessing (or even their comprehension) in order to make your own creative work. And always remember that people’s judgments about you are none of your business.” — Elizabeth Gilbert: Big Magic
Austin Kleon : SHOW YOUR WORK !
If you found Ms. Brown’s book hard to read, it’s time for Austin’s little book. Show Your Work! encourages you to share your work online. Not only the end result but also the process. (what a surprise!)
This is how you can get followers (or even clients) and feedback. You can find your voice only by using it, and even if you’re an amateur, you can improve with practice. Share what you love, share your story and people will love you for it.
“Words matter. Artists love to trot out the tired line, “My work speaks for itself,” but the truth is, our work doesn’t speak for itself. Human beings want to know where things came from, how they were made, and who made them. The stories you tell about the work you do have a huge effect on how people feel and what they understand about your work, and how people feel and what they understand about your work effects how they value it.” — Austin Kleon, Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
Sophia Amoruso: #GirlBoss
Sophia, sharing her story of how she left the lows of her life behind, targets younger readers, such as recent high school and college graduates, but even for an experienced professional, #GIRLBOSS can be a refreshing, entertaining read among the sea of dry personal development books and business reads.
As an inspiration bomb, this book suggests that no matter where you come from, what you have behind you and what your environment is like, with hard work and perseverance, you can be successful.
Believe in yourself and work hard.
“Each time you make a good decision or do something nice or take care of yourself; each time you show up to work and work hard and do your best at everything you can do, you’re planting seeds for a life that you can only hope will grow beyond your wildest dreams. Take care of the little things—even the little things that you hate—and treat them as promises to your own future. Soon you’ll see that fortune favors the bold who get shit done.” — Sophia Amoruso: #GirlBoss
Monique Melton: EntrepreFriendships
Today fighting a lonely battle can be way too overwhelming. You need company on your way: someone who understands your insecurity, asks helping questions and values the way to success.
Monique is a brand strategist. In her brand new book, EntrepreFriendships, she shares the steps on how to make more meaningful business connections, earn greater opportunities and develop real biz relationships.
Do you have a BizBestie who supports you and you can support? If not, this book is a must, especially if you’re an introvert.
“You don’t have to be lonely and isolated while you build your business.” — Monique Melton: EntrepreFriendships: Step-by-Step Guide to Make More Meaningful Connections, Earn Greater Business Opportunities, and Develop Real Business Relationships.