Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category

Linchpin by Seth Godin

February 1, 2010 1 comment

Book: Linchpin by Seth Godin

Rating: Great

Lesson Learned: It’s your job to make yourself indispensable.

Steven Pressfield wrote the War of Art which explained how the resistance holds us back from doing the things that we really need to be doing artistically. It is a pep rally book, it makes you think and then go and do something because you cannot read it and not be motivated.

Seth’s new book Linchpin is a response to Pressfield. It takes the war of art and transfers the battle to the workplace. The premise is that only artists will survive in the new economy because they are the most valued and the hardest for employers to replace. In typical Godin style you are left inspired and excited to go to work understanding that in the end you are your own boss because your actions decide whether you keep your job or get fired.

A lot of what Godin wrote about I too wrote about in Breaking Into the Creative Class so it excites me a big timer would agree (in that the premise of my ebook is the same) with me. He is writing to a generation of workers who are tired of work and I am writing to a generation entering into the workforce.

You need to buy this book.

The Art of the Idea and How it Can Change Your Life by John Hunt

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Book: The Art of the Idea and How it Can Change Your Life by John Hunt

Rating: Great

Lesson Learn: Ideas are organic and need to grow

Beautiful book, great message. I enjoyed reading this easy book which is graphical and enjoyable. I think it is a preach to the choir book about how to nurture creativity, but it doesn’t make it any less relevant.

Categories: Book Review, Creativity

What the Dog Saw and other adventures by Malcom Gladwell

January 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Book: What the Dog Saw and other adventures by Malcom Gladwell

Rating: Great

Lesson Learned: How to think differently

This is a collection of Gladwell’s articles from the New Yorker. Therefore, you get to read great nuggets of truth without having to read the entire snarly magazine. This is way worth the money and is a great book to read over a couple of weeks since it is broken up into easily digestible articles. This is a must read for people who live in New York and go to those parties with the expensive wine.

Creativity Comes from….

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Things to do today:

1. Subscribe to Fast Company Magazine

2. Let them send you there four emails a day to stay up on current topics. You’ll delete 100 of them but then you get a jewel described in step 3.

3. Read this article by a Fast Company person. I am fascinated by creativity and the rip-off effect. What have you done that looks eerily similar to something already created…is there original thought?

Categories: Creativity

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

December 14, 2009 1 comment

Book: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Rating: Amazing

Lesson Learned: Recognizing the secret things keeping me from creative mastery

This book is amazing. I am not even going to say anything about it because you need to go read it, but here is the best part:

Aspiring artists defeated by Resistance share one trait. They all think like amateurs. They have not yet turned pro…When I say professionsl…I mean the Professional as an ideal. The professional in contrast to the amateur. Consider the differences. Amateur plays for fun…the professional plays for keeps. To the amateur, the game is his avocation. To the pro it’s his vocation…The conventional interpretation is that the amateur pursues his calling out of love, while the pro does it for money. Not the way I see it. In my view, the amateur does not love the game enough. If he did, he would not pursue it as a sideline, distinct from his “real” vocation. The professional loves it so much he dedicates his life to it. He commits full-time. Pressfield 62-63

What have you not committed full-time to?

Categories: Book Review, Creativity

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

October 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Book: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Rating: Lesson Learned

Lesson Learned: Need brings Creativity

Someone younger than you brought electricity to his poverty stricken famined land and changed agriculture for their community…. It is an amazing story of ingenuity bread out of scarcity. It will move you to action.

Drops Like Stars by Rob Bell

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Book: Drops Like Stars by Rob Bell

Rating: Earth Shattering

Lesson Learned: Creativity is born from suffering

The premise is that we all have certain insulators that provide the context for our actions and our thinking, the insulators make the box. When we go through a time of suffering these insulators are bashed to bits which makes us start to think creatively. We aren’t thinking outside the box because the box has been completely taken away from us.  It is an amazing book and it is wildly designed and illustrated. Kudos to Bell for keeping Creativity alive in Christianity. Worth buying because it looks beautiful and it is a twinty minute read.