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"18 words: Quick. Brilliant. Killer points. Inspiring examples. Finished in 30 minutes. Bounced out of my chair, re-inspired to work!"
DEREK SIVERS, SIVERS.ORG & TED SPEAKER


"This quick read is full of inspiration and practical advice for doing creative work and putting yourself out there."
KATE KIEFER LEE. WRITER AT MAILCHIMP, CO-AUTHOR OF NICELY SAID


"From his focus on the potential for creativity buried deeply in everyone - to his insistence on putting in the hard work to unearth creative work - Paul's words are true & encouraging."
MIKE ROHDE, AUTHOR OF THE SKETCHNOTE HANDBOOK & WORKBOOK + ILLUSTRATOR OF REWORK & REMOTE


"This is a book I plan to come back to whenever I feel stuck (& it happens to everyone), & I know I'll find the inspiration I need every time."
BETH JUSINO, INSTRUCTOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON'S EXPERIMENTAL COLLEGE & AUTHOR OF THE AUTHOR'S GUIDE TO MARKETING


"Paul's the type of creative entrepreneur that everyone can learn from."
JASON SURFRAPP, I WEAR YOUR SHIRT

About the Author

Paul Jarvis is a web designer, best-selling author and gentleman of adventure. His writing appears in Forbes, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Smashing Magazine, Communication Arts, The Next Web, Adobe's 99u, GOOD Magazine, Elephant Journal and many other publications. One time he sold 39,000 free digital books in three days. Paul currently lives in the woods on Vancouver Island with his wife Lisa and their two rats, Onha' and Awe:ri.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Jarvis (April 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991918665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991918669
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,149,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wish I had come across Paul's books when I FIRST launched my business. I find myself going back, tweaking, and redoing what I've already done because thanks to his tips and advice, I have a much clearer vision of my business.

Since I am a member of his newsletter list I was able to buy the digital version of this book before it was available to the general public. I read it in one sitting. Paul and his words have an amazing ability for making you feel confident, and as if you could achieve anything in your business. Then he provides you with all the tools and advice that help back up that amazing "I can run a successful" business high that you get when you read his stuff.

I have a business degree, taken many business courses, read more books than there is days in the year, all in regards to how to run a successful business and how to run it YOUR way. I wish I had come across his many books, courses and lessons a long time ago. He would've saved me a lot of dough.

Don't doubt this book, its very educational and has so much to offer you no matter how much "business stuff" you've already learned.
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Love The Good Creative. As others have said, it's a quick read, straight-forward. Although there's nothing here I didn't already know, Paul does a great job of packaging inspiration and insight and, after reading the whole thing in one sitting, I've found a chapter each morning as a great addition to starting my day. Good for focus and getting the mind in the right place.

I bought The Good Creative in early June, just after it was released. I have it as a Kindle book and also ordered the hard copy, just to get familiar with Create Space. Paul was so kind to email a link to the audio version as well.

I highly recommend if you need a creative jumpstart or just a bit of creative nourishment.
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5 stars. Easily. This author jam packs brilliance into a small space that is easily understood, easily assimilated and fun to read through. Wisdom is felt, it only truly comes from life experience and this book is wise through and through. Rather than another book telling all to follow one way Paul Jarvis has a gift for helping me to maintain my voice, maintain MY authenticity and use practical proven steps that share the work. Easy peasy.
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It's a quick read but it's very inspirational for creative people who want to be successful and get better. Great advice, good examples to back it up. Might read this book again next time I feel like I'm in a rut with my work.
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First let me say that Paul Jarvis is an awesome guy with a valuable perspective on the web design industry. He has over a decade of experience as a independent web designer and he frequently writes about his experiences on his blog (which is how I first found him).

The Good Creative’s best quality is its length. I’m not a fast reader and it took me about an hour and twenty minutes to finish. Each chapter is about 1.5 pages in length and reads more like a series of blog posts than chapters. The book outlines 18 thought-provoking habits and gives engaging examples of real-life success.

If you are a creative person of any trade looking to go further with your craft, read The Good Creative. It will challenge the way you think and (hopefully) help you recognize the blunders that are keeping you from getting to the next level.
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If you haven't read any of Paul Jarvis' other books, you definitely should. The Good Creative is a quick read, but mostly because Paul's writing is so conversational. I love all the illustrations throughout the book as they help anchor topics, but also add some visual interest to his words.

Highly recommend this book and subscribing to Paul's weekly dispatches on his website!
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I really can't think of any reason to not give this 5 stars. It's genius in it's simplicity and any read that encourages is a win in my opinion. Paul is so on point and honest in what he shares and I'm so glad I found him! Kudos young man.
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I love Paul's straight forward easy to read, but super hard hitting style. There are no false promises, crazy assumptions or fly by your pants theories. Just plain talking get down, get real, this is what works. I'm already looking forward to his next book. In the meantime, I'm recommending this book to anyone who will listen.
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