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Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered [Kindle Edition]

Austin Kleon

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"[Show Your Work is] timeless; readers can return to it repeatedly throughout life and still glean useful ideas and tips... Anyone starting out (or starting over)...will find upbeat encouragement here." --Library Journal Sassy and spot-on. --Publishers Weekly


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.


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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great writing style, fairly empty book 13. März 2014
Von Evelyn - Veröffentlicht auf
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Kleon has an engaging writing style. His illustrations are cute. He is an able curator of interesting quotations. But this book is mostly devoid of meaningful or useful content. Here is some of the advice you'll receive:

- Put your work out there, share it with others regularly
- Meet up with people in real life, not just on the Internet
- Don't be afraid to make money off your creative work
- Keep going
- Maintain an e-mail list
- Give proper credit when you refer to other people's work

I won't spoil the rest--if you do read the book, you'll see that I'm not simplifying anything in that list. He goes into zero detail about *how* you should do any of those things, which leads me to believe that he considers the suggestions themselves as worthy of paid publication. Even as free blog posts, most of these chapters would leave me asking, "And...?" This is a catchy write-up of the most banal common knowledge on the topic.

I loved Steal Like An Artist (and still do), but this book was not worth the money or the time I spent on it. Big disappointment. I will probably still buy his next book, but I hope I won't have to return it like this one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works...." Matthew 5:16 18. März 2014
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As Austin Kleon explains, his previous book, Steal Like an Artist, "was about stealing influence from other people" whereas "this book is about how to influence others by letting them steal from [begin italics] you [end italics]." I agree with him that "all you have to do is to show your work" but only if (HUGE "if") it's worth stealing and you know how to do that in terms of what, when, and where. Actually, he wrote this book "for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion." It's not enough to be very good. "In order to be found, you have to [begin italics] be findable [end italics]. I think there's an easy way of putting your work out there and making it discoverable [begin italics] while [end italics] you're focused on getting really good at what you do."

Kleon's two books can be of incalculable value to those who need help with creating content (whatever its nature and extent may be) and then help with attracting the interest and support of those on whom the success of the offering depends. It could be a product, a service, or both. Its target market could be singles, seniors, the unemployed or under-employed, new parents, do-it-yourselfers, beginners at get the idea.

So, how to become findable? First, Kleon explains the need for developing a new mindset, one that will enable the reluctant self-promoter to think differently so that she or he can then operate differently. Here's his key point: "Almost all of the people I look up to and try to steal from today, regardless of their profession, have built [begin italics] sharing [end italics] into their routine. Next, he urges his reader to find what the musician Brian Eno characterizes as a "scenius": a group of creative individuals who make up an ecology of talent. "What I love about the idea of scenius is that it makes room in the story of creativity for the rest of us: the people who don't consider ourselves geniuses."

Then Kleon suggests ten specific observations and initiatives, devoting a separate chapter to each. The purpose of the first, "You don't have to be a genius," is an important reassurance that David and Tom Kelley also provide in their recently published book, Creative Confidence: Believing that only geniuses are creative "is a myth that far too many people share. This book is about the opposite of that myth. It is about what we call 'creative confidence.' And at its foundation is the belief that we are [begin italics] all [end italics] creative...Creative confidence is a way of seeing that potential and your place in the world more clearly, unclouded by anxiety and doubt. We hope you'll join us on our quest to embrace creative confidence in our lives. Together, we can all make the world a better place."

The other nine call for initiatives that almost anyone can take. Kleon suggests the most important do's and don'ts to keep in mind. Two key elements are repeatedly emphasized. First, share generously and continuously with those who comprise an appropriate (key word) ecology of talent: people who share common interest and goals, yes, but also common questions and concerns. Share what will be of greatest interest and value to them. Also, be yourself. Why? I like Oscar Wilde's response best: "Everyone else is taken." Each person is a unique work-in-progress. That's hardly an original insight but well-worth repeating.

Let's allow Austin Kleon the final observations: "Human beings are interested in other human beings and what other human beings do. Audiences today not only want to stumble across great work, they, too, long to be part of the creative process. By showing people your 'behind-the-scenes footage" [i.e. portions of incomplete and imperfect work], they can see the person behind the products, and they can better form a relationship with you and your work." So show it...and your authentic self in process.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Read this, then write 1. März 2014
Von Tim Kastelle - Veröffentlicht auf
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I study innovation, and one of the most common misunderstandings of that process is thinking that it is all about having ideas. It's not. To innovate, you have to have great ideas, but then you have to execute them & make them real. And once you've done that, you have to get the idea to spread. All three parts are essential.

Steal Like an Artist is great for the first part - having more, and better, ideas. But that's actually the easiest part. Making things real and getting ideas to spread are both harder. Show Your Work gives excellent guidance for how to approach these two steps. The idea part is glamourous, so this book will probably be less popular than Steal Like an Artist. But Kleon has done outstanding work with this book - it's actually more important, and more valuable.

If you're interested in actually having an impact with your ideas, then you should read this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Follow Up 25. Februar 2014
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It is entirely likely that you will not find anything in this book that you did not already know but that by no means detracts from the value of what is being said.Simple encouraging and practical "Show Your Work!" delivers real life solutions with a common sense approach. Easily digestible in a 30 minute sitting it is well worth it. If your already doing some or all of the things in this book you'll feel like your on the right track and if you're not doing any of them you'll get a edifying nudge in the right direction.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must-Read book for anyone doing anything. 21. Februar 2014
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I was going to say "must-read book for anyone doing anything creative." But why stop at creative? We're all creative.

Austin Kleon in "Show Your Work" unleashes the creative. He banishes the excuses. He tells stories of artists. Tells his own stories. Compares the creative process now (with social media, etc) as opposed to earlier periods.

Like many people, I often think I know what I'm doing. But I don't. "Show Your Work" is about that - it's about showing your work, which means doing it - the good, the bad, and the ugly. I kept thinking while reading the book, "Yeah, I've been in this situation. And he describes EXACTLY how I should handle it." Then I'd go to the next chapter and the same thoughts would happen.

Most of all, the book is inspiring. How do I know? I read the book and instantly went to the computer and wrote. And I'm still writing.
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