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Feck Perfuction: Dangerous Ideas on the Business of Life (Business Books, Graphic Design Books, Books on Success) Paperback – March 5, 2019
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From the Publisher
From the foreword of Feck Perfuction, by Danielle LaPorte
Victore believes that normalcy is barbed wire to the human spirit. And questions are the wire cutters. This book is a subversive tool for consciousness-raising.
'Victore's insights are piercing and invaluable. He reinforces our willingness to be misunderstood and determination to never fall for the mediocrity of practicality. If you care about your work, and care to unleash yourself, read this book.'
-Scott Belsky, founder of Behance and author of Making Ideas Happen.
Some dangerous ideas from Feck Perfuction include:
- The things that made you weird as a kid make you great today
- Work is serious play
- Your ego can't dance
- The struggle is everything
- Run from comfort
- Warrior not worrier
- Trust as inspiration
and much, much more.
“We’ve had the good fortune to work with James Victore from day one—his iconic cover designs set the tone for our book company. When you have someone creative and fearless in your corner, you become more like that. And these qualities are necessary in any industry. That’s what this book will give you: creative courage. Read Feck Perfuction then go out and fight the good fight. The Art of War for creatives.” —Miranda West, founder and publisher of The Do Book Company
“Victore’s insights are piercing and invaluable. He reinforces our willingness to be misunderstood and determination to never fall for the mediocrity of practicality. If you care about your work, and care to unleash yourself, read this book.” —Scott Belsky, founder of Behance and author of Making Ideas Happen
“In James Victore’s new book, he unequivocally proves why he is the master he is. In every chapter, he challenges and inspires the reader to reach for more, to try harder, and to create our best selves. It is a magnificent and momentous experience. (All true.)” —Debbie Millman, host of Design Matters
“This book is a must. I know James Victore as an artist and teacher who moves people—as someone who encourages people’s best creative work. This book uses art and design as the teaspoon of sugar to awaken the greatness within us all.” —Chase Jarvis, photographer and founder and CEO of Creative Live
“There are five books that are so important in what they have to say that I gift them to others. Now, there are six.” —David Hieatt, cofounder of The Do Lectures and Hiut Denim Co.
“Over the past decade, James has served as a constant reminder for me to have the courage and the audacity to be my weird self. Feck Perfuction is a beautiful case study into why so many of us have found our life’s work when we are our most authentic and when we get comfortable with being our most uncomfortable. Ignore this book at your peril.” —Harley Finkelstein, COO of Shopify
“James Victore is a dangerous man. His ideas on optimizing your creativity, doing wow work, and building a life that inspires will devastate your limits. And show you how to win. Read this book fast.” —Robin Sharma, bestselling author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
“James Victore got famous creating tough posters that shook me to the core. He now does the same using the written word. To you.” —Stefan Sagmeister, designer
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I feel like in this book James approaches some of the most fundamental parts of being a creative—an artist, designer, writer, etc.—with brutal honesty and what he describes as a "radical" sense. The ideas shared in the book are certainly different, what James clarifies as "dangerous", because they're the types of insights others simply aren't willing to tell you.
He covers things like: don't worry what other people want, worry about what you want. Or: fail more, because that's how you're going to learn best. Or even: screw the high-paying job, do what makes you come alive because that's what the world needs (and interestingly enough it's often what we need as individuals too).
The book is broken down into short chapters highlighting different ideas. James shares his life experience and really drives home the importance of "feck purfuction", that is: the notion that creating is an act best served by simply doing it, not waiting around for circumstances to be right or for your talents to be world-class. Just get out there and make a mess, as James says.
James worked on this book in the wee hours of the morning on his porch while drinking coffee … the sun was far from rising … his new baby daughter, his pre-school son and his lovely wife were still dreaming away; this is just a teeny tiny (out of hundreds/maybe thousands) examples of his grit and determination and how to get important things done.
If you are a Creative .. . or, if your talent is tucked away in your little finger … this book will kickstart any ambition you wish to bring to the surface…. and, at the same time, make you a better person for it. James doesn’t mince any words, he gets directly to the core of the matter and will motivate you beyond motivation. He can make you laugh out loud and he can make you cry…. he’s outrageous and sensitive all rolled into one groovy guy.
This book is an easy and entertaining read accompanied by lots of pages of his creative and artistic renderings. Don’t wait; do yourself a favor and order a copy; you won’t regret it. - Cathy W., Indianapolis, IN
If you are looking for a book that will kick you hard in the heart and nether regions and force you to think differently about everything you work on then you should read this and then get ready to work.
A must-read for anyone feeling lost, confused or down on where they are in life. For anyone who knows there is more in them than what they punch a clock every day to do. For anyone wanting to do more with their life.
Buy it. Read it. Do the work. Oh, and of course have fun!
This book is a straight-talking kick in the pants to ignite and inspire you to become your best self. Personally, I’ve had a stagnant, unfulfilled feeling in the pit of my stomach for some time. I have ideas, I have desires, but my fear of failure, fear of putting myself out there, and fear of falling short of perfection have fully halted me from action. Victore lays down the truth about the reality of our fears in this book, and I mean the TRUTH, in a way that I have not encountered thus far and that I needed to hear. My biggest takeaway is that this book helped me see that I’m overthinking myself into a life I don’t want, because I’m afraid I’ll fail and fall further away from the life I do want, when all that I really need to do to have the life I do want is to get out of my own way and choose to live it.
Top international reviews
James is a creative genius and a genius creative. He's made a book packed full of wiseness and wisdom that makes you wonder.
Buy more than one. One for keeps and extra to gift.
It's a work of art and a work of heart.