🚀 The Book in 3 Sentences
- Sharing your work, is not about the finished perfect work only, it can be done for process, learning, thoughts, and ideas.
- You don’t need to be an expert to share your work - being a beginner makes it easier to reasonate with other beginners, and provide fresh prespective.
- By sharing your work you will attract feedback from all other people interested in the same subjects you do and this can give you new prespective.
I read the physical book and it was structured perfectly for the subject; you can easily read it in an hour or two in a lone commute, takes you from one point to the other in a seamless manner. It gave me courage to both look for influence for more creativity and share my ideas and writings even if i deemed it not perfect or not worthy of sharing before.
Who Should Read It?
The book is slightly geared towards creative people, entrepreneurs, and artists. however i think it fits anyone who shares content online. [which is a very large majority of the human population at the time of this writing]
This book can provide fresh perspectives, and may be a cure for your procrastination so why the hell not!? 🧐
✍️ My Top 3 Quotes
Above all, recognize that if you have had success, have also had luck and with luck comes onligations. You owe a debt, and not just to your god. You owe a debt to the unlucky ~Michael Lewis
Imagine if your next boss didn’t have to read your résumé because he already reads your blog. Imagine being a student and getting your first gig based on a school project you posted online. Imagine losing your job but having a social network of people familiar with your work and ready to help you find a new one. Imagine turning a side project or a hobby into your profession because you had a following that could support you.
In the beginner's mind ther are many possibilities, in the expert's mind, there are few.
📒 Summary + Notes
A new way of operating
The world has changed. It’s no longer enough to just make stuff and hope that people find it. You have to be findable.
At the time of this writing the Apple AppStore has 1.98 Mil Apps and Google Play Store has 2.87 Mil apps; All competing for the user's attention, and all want you to download them.
Your blog can be your résumé, and your next oppurtunity can come from there. as being open about your work and sharing ideas, and findings opens up feedback and fellowships from people who are intersted in the same stuff as you.
All you have to do is show your work.
1. You don’t have to be a genius
Find a Scenius - a scenius is a group of like minded people sharing and contributing. rather than being the lone wolf in your creative journey, all you have to do is share ideas open discussions, and learn together new things with a group of people you like and look up to.
Be an Amateur - in trying new things the nonprofessional way you might make new discoveries. Creative acts are worth something no matter how stupid they initially sound.
Bad, Mediocre, good, and great are on the same spectrum of creativity.while nothing doesn't exist on that spectrum.
Start reading Obituaries every morning 🧐 (haven't tried that yet but i think its worth the exploration)
2. Think process, not product
Take people behind the scenes - in the digital age your work can be the process and bits and pieces of your work rather than waiting for the finished product to show.
There is painting the noun, and there is painting the verb.
Become a documentarian of what you do - Take photos or screenshots of your process. keep a scrapbook. Whether you share it or not, documenting your process can help you see your work more clearly.
"Wouldn't normally watch live video of a couple of guys doing plumbing repair, but IT'S IN SPACE!"~ Ted
3. Share something small everyday
Send out a Dail Dispatch - Building a substantial body of work takes a long time so focus on days and start the earliest to document, and share what sounds helpful/delightful to other people.
Post as though everyone who can read it has the power to fire you
share whats helpful or entertaining to other people not your cat or dog sleeping on the couch or your starbucks.(Guilty)
Build a good name on the internet and keep it clean. and Don't make compromises on that.
4. Open up your cabinet of curiosities
Your reading feeds your writing - We are influnced by ideas from everywhere and what you read about heavily influences what you will write about. So you influences are also worht sharing because they clue people in to who you are and what you done.
Have the courage to love your garbage - being open and honest about what you like is the best way to connect with people who like those things, too.
Credit is always due - if its not yours share it with attribution and preferably attribute with a link. Eg: Thanks Austin Kleon for sharing this with the world. and Don't share things you can't properly credit, if you can't find it still doesn't make it up for grabs.
5. Tell good stories
Putting a story behind the work makes it more relatable and subsequently more valuable, as stories make the complex more tangible and spark associations making what's cold become warm and relatable to the heart.
a basic story Structuren shared by Emma Coats, former storyboard artist at pixar, is: "Once upon a time, there was ____.Everyday,______.One day,_____.Because of that,______. Because of that,_____.Until finally,_____"
All projects follow the same Gardner's plot formula:
- You get a grear idea
- You go through the hard work of executing the idea
- You release the idea out into the world
- Your idea either comes to a win, lose or a draw. with majority going out to the world and doing nothing.
Talk about yourself at parties - It’s okay to talk about yourself if people ask. Don’t think of it as an interrogation. Think of it as a chance to connect with someone who might be interested in your work. Speak in plain langauge, Value their time. Be brief.Learn to speak. Learn to Listen.
Unless you are actually a ninja, a guru, or a rock star, don't ever use any of those terms in your bio.Ever.
6. Teach what you know
Teaching other your secrets doesn't take anything from you, but rather adds to your character. and when you learn the master's technique you don't magically morph into one like in the matrix movie, but you still have to put in the hardwork and long hours to have the exprience of that recently acquired knowledge, or it just fades away
Pay the man~ Josh Bridges
7. Don’t turn into human spam
If you want to be accepted by a community, you have to first be a good citizen of that community
You want hearts, not eyeballs - Make studd you love and talk about stuff you love and you'll attract people who love that kind of stuff. It's that simple.
The vampire test - if After hanginf out with some you feel worn out and depleted, that person is a vampire. and you have to cut them from your circle.
“Whatever excites you, go do it. Whatever drains you, stop doing it” - Derek Sivers
Find people like you and invite them to collaborate, give them public praise, call them on the phone, and share your screen. keep them close.
Meet up in meatspace- Make online friends, and then meet them in real life. Meet-ups are great. If you know someone online and you’re in the same town, grab a coffee with them. When you’re travelling, let your online friends know you’re going to be around.
Meeting people online is awesome, but turning them into IRL friends is even better.
8. Learn to take a punch
When you put your work out there, you’re going to get some criticism which is natural. Learn to take it. make sure to remember that you are not your work, and it won't kill you, put you out of work. make your work less attractive.
Compulsive avoidance of embarrassment is a form of suicide. - Colin Marshall.
At the same time, be extra wary of feedback from anybody who falls outside of that circle.and remember that the worst troll is the one that lives in your head
If someone took a dump in your living room you wouldn't let it sit ther, would you? - Nasty comments are the same for your online space
9. Sell out
We need to get over our “starving artist” and the "barely surviving" mentality. There’s nothing wrong or evil about money. Charging money for stuff doesn’t hamper your creativity.Don't hobble yourself in the name of "Keeping it real"
Michaelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling because the pop commissioned him.
But at the same time, be careful about selling the work you love.as when people throw money your way, they might feel entitled to have some say in how their money is being used. so sometimes the old fashion Buy now is better than donations and coffee money.
Asking for money comes after providing value to your audience, and be sure to be fair pricing it for both sides.
Keep a mailing list - Even if you don’t have anything to sell right now, keep a mailing list. There are people who run multimillion dollar businesses off their mailing lists. The model is simple - give away free great free stuff on your website. Collect the emails of people who enjoy reading it. When you have something remarkable to sell or share, send them an email letting them know.and be clear about what they should expect from trusting you with their email address.
Pay it forward - When you have success, help people who reach out to you. Help people who helped you get where you are. hold office hours for them, and be thoughtful about providing value to them
Caveat - Don’t sacrifice your art or your work for the sake of answering emails. Be as generous as you can, but selfish enough to get your work done.
10. Stick around
Don’t quit - Keep doing your work, and keep sharing. and stick around to be ready for the oppurtunity when it comes your way.
"work is never finished, only abandoned" ~ Paul Valéry
For the slow and steady process make sure to Chain-Smoke it. where the end of your last work is the start of your next project, wether you just leave you sentences unfinished for your next day work, or you focus your next project starting from the weak links in your last project. Also use the break time between projects to light up your next one.
Don’t be afraid to change things up. It’s not really starting over. You’re still keeping everything you learned before. You’re just starting from chapter one again.
It doesn't have to be a 2 year, 1 year sabbatical, use what makes sense to you to take time off, pursue other pleasures, and find out more about yourself. You will come back fresh and ready to tackle the hard problems with a more solid structure.
If you never go to work, you never get to leave work...WFH much?
You can'r be content with mastery; you have t0 push yourself to become a student again.