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The Art of Being Unmistakable: A Collection of Essays About Making a Dent in the Universe Paperback – November 11, 2013
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Which I suppose is sort of the point.
However, anyone reading this needs to understand a few things.
1. You define what your art is. Mr. Rao talks from the perspective of blogging and podcasting (and surfing), but he doesn't point out that art can be
- Raising a family. (Which good parents do.)
- Sales.(I consider the Product Launch Formula to be its creator's art).
- Business. There are people out there who are good at it, love it, find fulfillment in it, and leave their heart on their field of endeavor just as much as any author, composer, or internet guru.
2. The book specifically does not address issues of responsibility. If you're a single guy with no kids, it's dramatically easier for you to drop everything and pursue your art trying to make a dent in the universe than it is for someone who is married and has responsibilities to spouse and children. Remember, it's the art of being unmistakable, not irresponsible.
3. Even the art that he's describing will look suspiciously like work. Good work, fulfilling work, but it's still work. And there will be times when following your muse is not going to be candied apples and unicorn farts. The book doesn't claim that this will be all apples/farts, but it's the kind of thing a reader may miss.
So, use the book for the inspiration it provides, but temper that inspiration with the understanding that art can be anything you devote your time and attention to, that responsibilities to family and others should not be abandoned, and that the pursuit of any art requires a certain amount of disciplined work. You Will Suck At Your Art When You First Start. Do it anyway.
I'm a computer programmer and programming was always easy for me. Give me a couple of weeks and a book and I'm coding. But, I wanted to do stuff like knit. Seriously, knit. I tried three or four times and I snarled the yarn up in a knot every time. I tried three times and believed that I fundamentally lack the ability to knit.
Is knitting worth my mastery? Maybe not. But, did I spend enough time trying before giving up? I realized that if I want to be good at something, I cannot assume that if it's not easy it's not worth doing and give up at the 20%.
I know some potentially successful people who are young, in their 20s and 30s, whom I've referred this book to because I believe they are people who WILL make a "dent in the universe."
Yes, this book is written like a blog. For people like me who have short attention spans, it was perfect. I could read a bit here and there, not lose my place and still get much from it.
I have the Kindle version and took it everywhere my home, phone, and work. Thanks to the joy of reading on the cloud, etc.
Thank you Mr. Rao for the wonderful and inspiring book.
I realize this is a short book about essays, however due to its lack of actual content, I must give it a 1.