I finished Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon a few days ago and I enjoyed it so much that I just went right to the next one, Show Your Work. Both have been very helpful to me personally and I’m sure if you are creating anything at all you’ll find this book, Show Your Work, very beneficial. There may be some things that you already know but Kleon has a great way of putting things so that you’ll feel reaffirmed in your strategy.
“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.” (GoodReads)
I really enjoy Kleon’s voice and he has a great sense of humour which makes for great reading. This book really expands on a point (the main takeaway for me) that he touched on in Steal Like An Artist. “Share the dots but don’t connect.” In other words, share your process, share snippets of how you do what you do. Don’t give everything away but don’t just share the end product. Share your process, inspire others, teach others, create a conversation, and thereby connect more deeply with people. The internet has changed the game and connecting with people by letting them into your world is the best way to get people to care about what you do/create.
I highly recommend this concise book. There’s great advice and I’m sure you’ll be left feeling inspired or recharged. I think Steal Like An Artist and Share Your Work are best read together in that order and at 200 pages combined you’ll be through them in no time. I know I’ll be going back to these books because there were such great quotes throughout and the advice really is great.