Show Your Work

Austin Kleon is a New York Times bestselling author of five books: Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work!,Keep Going, Steal Like An Artist and Newspaper Blackout. Kleon’s works focus on creativity in today’s world.

My ViewPoint

Part of the reason why you are reading this blog is because of this book. This book has had a huge influence on me, to start putting my work on the internet. A Quote from this book which has stuck with me is

“If you want to be heard, you must first speak”

Austin Kleon

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • KEEP A MAILING LIST : The people who sign up for your list will be some of your biggest supporters just by the simple fact that they signed up for the potential to be spammed by you.
  • You can’t find your voice if you don’t use it.
  • Remembering that you’ll be dead soon is the most important tool you can use to make big choices in life.
  • Your creative process matters. To connect better with the audience you have to show the process of it.
  • Anything that influences you work is worth sharing because that gives the audience the clue to who you are.
  • Be open and honest when talking about what you like. Have guts to own it and all the people who like similar things will connect with you.
  • Carving out a space for yourself online, somewhere where you can express yourself and share your work, is still one of the best possible time investments you can make with your time.
  • Don’t think of your website as a self promotion machine, think of it as a self invention machine. Online, you become the person you really want to be. Fill your website with your work and your ideas and the stuff you care about.
  • The beauty of owning a turf on the internet is you can do whatever with it. Your domain name is your domain name and you don’t have to make any compromises. Whether people show up or they don’t, you’re out there, doing your own thing.
  • When shown an object, or given food, or shown a face, people’s assessment of it – how much they like it, how valuable it is – is deeply affected by what you tell them about it.
  • Stories are a powerful driver of emotional value that their effect on any given objects subjective value can actually be measured objectively.
  • What you want is to follow and be followed by human beings who care about issues you care about. YOU WANT HEARTS AND NOT EYEBALLS.
  • Anyone who isn’t embarrassed of who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough.

Conclusion

This book is so simple yet sophisticated with very actionable thoughts. Austin’s ‘Show Your Work’ is a highly recommend for anyone who wants to start with their creative journey by putting their work on the internet.

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