Real Artists Don't Starve
Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
Bestselling author and creativity expert Jeff Goins dismantles the myth that being creative is a hindrance to success by revealing how an artistic temperament is in fact a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
For centuries, the myth of the starving artist has dominated our culture, seeping into the minds of creative people and stifling their pursuits. But the truth is that the world’s most successful artists did not starve. In fact, they capitalized on the power of their creative strength. In Real Artists Don’t Starve, Jeff Goins debunks the myth of the starving artist by unveiling the ideas that created it and replacing them with timeless strategies for thriving, including:
steal from your influences (don’t wait for inspiration),collaborate with others (working alone is a surefire way to starve),take strategic risks (instead of reckless ones),make money in order to make more art (it’s not selling out), andapprentice under a master (a “lone genius” can never reach full potential).
Through inspiring anecdotes of successful creatives both past and present, Goins shows that living by these rules is not only doable but it’s also a fulfilling way to thrive.
From graphic designers and writers to artists and business professionals, creatives already know that no one is born an artist. Goins’ revolutionary rules celebrate the process of becoming an artist, a person who utilizes the imagination in fundamental ways. He reminds creatives that business and art are not mutually exclusive pursuits. In fact, success in business and in life flow from a healthy exercise of creativity.
Expanding upon the groundbreaking work in his previous bestseller The Art of Work, Goins explores the tension every creative person and organization faces in an effort to blend the inspired life with a practical path to success. Being creative isn’t a disadvantage for success; rather, it is a powerful tool to be harnessed.
Reading Real Artists Don't Starve rekindled belief in myself as an artist--and inspired me to keep creating what I love. The interviews are intriguing, and the way Jeff organized the 12 rules with explanations and anecdotes really spoke to me. Jeff grew the artist inside of me! Thanks!!
I really enjoyed this book for the most part and got a lot of actionable advice and inspiration from it. I've recommended it to several artist friends who are in different stages of their careers. WARNING THOUGH. This is not an issue with the book but with iBook: I saw that an update was available for the book so I updated it, but after doing so my many valued highlights and notes were completely messed up and inaccessible. 😒
No excuse left.
When I started out as a writer and speaker, I felt that I would make little money doing it. As I read into Jeff's work and this book, I came to the conclusion, you make what you want to. If you want to be broke, you made that choice. What I really like about Jeff is he puts the ball in your court. He says here's the way I walked, your's may look different but I'm paying my bills and creating more art. To sum this review up, of your wondering whether to buy or not, here's why I bought the book. First, I know I'm supposed to write, so I must become teachable with other writers. Second, when decide to invest in others work you reap the same for yourself. Third, when you celebrate other artists/creatives/writers you will one day be celebrated. So if your in, celebrate with Jeff in this amazing book he poured his heart into!