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The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week Paperback – February 2, 2010
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I would recommend this book even for people who aren't artists. Day to day, we will experience the drudgery that work sometimes brings, but the author states that sometimes it isn't just our jobs making us feel that ways, it's us. It's about changing your outlook, not just the things around us. Because sometimes when we change our outlook, everything can look different.
After reading this, I felt inspired, so I started doing little projects. On my commute to work, I take pictures of everyday things that strike me visually. At work for each break that I have I sit outside and stare at all the trees and birds. After work I do what I really want to do, which is write and sew and learn to play instruments.
This book isn't life altering, because it isn't a step by step guide on how to change your life. I think that's what makes this book a little different from the rest. It made me realize that I'm not just a secretary or a bakery worker. First and foremost, I am an artist, and I must always attend to that need to create. But in order to continue to do what I love, I must also make money and be financially responsible. I can't believe I couldn't grasp this concept before. But it's an incredibly important thing to learn.
But this book is the bible for getting inspired, either by hitting you over the head with a 'how to' approach or subtly and subconsciously injecting its fun loving images to brighten your mood.
This is a great book to spawn your creativity. For me,
Idea 1: I'll share the happiness with my family, even the more belligerent members.
Idea 2: I think I'll cut out and frame all the drawings to sell for a small fortune.
Idea 3: After this one sells out, I hope the author writes even more books.