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Brain Storm: Unleashing Your Creative Self
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2011
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As I sat down to write this review, I ruminated on the advice tendered by Don Hahn. I looked at the blank screen and wondered how to properly express the corporeality of the book as I knock about on my own journey to understand my creativity.

The main thrust of this book is about inspiring creativity in our daily life; the driving force behind recognizing where your creativity wants to be: cooking, painting, blogging, gardening, creating marketing reports, etc. Hahn takes us on a gentle, amusing and thought-provoking path towards a self-enlightenment, of sorts. A self-enlightenment of creativity and where it might reside within us.

To the initiated, it is obvious why Don Hahn is qualified to write a book about creativity. He produced some of the most successful animated films of all time and is considered to be one of the driving forces behind the rebirth of Disney Animation, (To the uninitiated: Beauty and the Beast. The Lion King. Hello!?!)

Hahn's style is very affable and never very sententious. He writes from the heart and it is obvious that he fosters a true desire to help us become a more creative self. The book is replete with anecdotes from the span of Hahn's life. When he paints the picture of his much younger self sneaking a colander to bed to fashion impromptu constellations, you can sense the wonder and trepidation he must have felt. Disney enthusiasts will love the stories Hahn relates about his years in the Disney Animation Studios. We meet legends that mentored him, co-workers that dazzled him (and us) and people that fostered (sometimes unintentionally) his creativity in his youth.

For myself, Hahn's work made me stop and think about how I like to be creative and what strategies might work best for me. I love writing and I seem to work best with a notepad when I gather my thoughts. I can take months to get a good article going as I devour resources and fine tune the project in my mind. I have great ideas in the car, so I carry a voice recorder with me. Hahn never wrote about those specific things, but he does offer admonition about how to find our own creative roots. Even if that is sitting on a beach in Hawaii while eating dark chocolates.

Brain Storm is a book that I recommend to anyone thinking about the creative process, especially if you believe that you don't have a creative bone in your body. Hahn is a natural storyteller and the lessons he imparts flow so much better than an off-the-shelf self-help book. It is a great resource for when you want to take your first steps in finding your personal creativity or if you have lost your way creatively.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Don Hahn,what can I say? artist-producer-director-and now writer has with his book,Brainstorm Unleashing your Creative self,just, and I really cannot phrase it anymore appropos than he already has with his book title; Simply unleashed a truely dynamic,easy to read humanistic, heartwarming, thoughtful,reflective,and in my own opinion a much needed book in the field of; I hate to be trite with this phrase; Self-help-genre. In addition, it is my own opinion that the reader will find themselves throughout their read; laughing at times,nodding in agreement, and perhaps even shedding a tear at times. All of which I found myself doing. I really cannot remember having read a book such as this that really,and the best way I can describe it is; touched the core of my own humanity and in such a wonderful simplified way. Before I began reading Brainstorm, I thought I was creative, or a creative type so to speak. But this book really had me reflect,and contemplate; And I asked myself; Mark,don't be so jaded in your self-appraisal. There is always room for inner growth and greater creativity. It ain't over till it's over! to use a sometimes common phrase.

In conclusion, Don Hahn has simply iluminated the path toward one's
greater creative expression in this life. A must read for anyone really interested not only in creative expression but; and in my own opinion once again; living a more loving,kind,wondrous, life not only with oneself but amongst all the other wonderful human beings
here on earth. Sincerely, Mark A. Winn
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2011
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What a breath of fresh air this book has been for me. As someone who considers themselves creative, yet struggles to get in touch with that creativity and advance it every day - this book was so very helpful. Putting yourself out there as creative person can be one of the scariest experiences in life. What if I fail? What if no one likes what I do? What if I suck? What this book has helped me learn is that none of that matters. Put the negative distractions out of your mind and just create. You can't get good if you never start and continue to strive. Thanks Mr. Hahn for the inspiring words and encouragement. Very generous book!
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VINE VOICEon July 27, 2011
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I only heard the author being interviewed on NPR but wanted to give this a 5 star because the major concepts of the book that he shared in his interview were excellent. I've always shared these thoughts but having them validated from a successful artist was very empowering. I will definitely be ordering the book. As to the negative reviewer below, I think he failed to mention that the corndog book was written by the same author. I don't own a copy of that book so will definitely buy this one. Perhaps it had gone out of print, picked up by a new publisher, updated, and then re-released. There should be a disclaimer in the publisher's review if that is the case.
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on January 28, 2014
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As an artist, this book is a good read. Helps put things in perspective for the creatives. Don Hahn also has a great sense of humor which shows in his writing. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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on July 3, 2013
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I'm thoroughly enjoying this book. It provides a window into why I'm the way I am. The writing is marvelous, he is a great story teller. I'm looking forward to using the techniques in the book to improve my view of the world.
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on December 31, 2012
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I'm really happy I was required to read Hahn's work. His writing style connects to the audience, and gives the reader the motivation to jump into creativity! He encourages failure, something that's not completely in line with modern day American society. Great work!
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on October 29, 2013
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A fast and thoroughly enjoyable read. Don Hahn's insights into how to access and boost creativity are beautiful, and the stories he relates are often entertaining and comical. This is an inspiring book, and I recommend it highly.
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on November 2, 2014
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One of the most inspirational books I've ever read! Delightful, practical, sound advice for taking risks and allowing yourself to be the creative self you were meant to be! Thank you, Don Hahn!
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on March 5, 2014
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I really enjoyed this good. In fact, I have given away about ten copies to friends and coworkers. It's a happy book that makes you smile. It helps get your creative juices going.
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