- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Kadavy, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: January 23, 2018
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07957LL3C
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The Heart to Start: Win the Inner War & Let Your Art Shine Audiobook – Unabridged
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So I was excited to read this book. Again, I was dazzled by Kadavy's way with words, but the impact on me was much deeper this time, as the subject of this book is very dear to me: how to achieve consistent creative output.
I believe some of us are, by temperament, born to create. If we don't labor to transfer the contents of our inner-world into the outer-world, we will silently die a spiritual death. Then eventually, we will die a physical death, with our art still trapped inside of us.
This fact may be obvious to many, but when you focus on the urgency of creating, it typically makes us creatives more neurotic. We obsess over unimportant details, and get trapped in self-defeating thought loops "This isn't good enough." "I'll never make it". "I'll never finish this."
Personally, these thought loops used to leave me with a sense of helplessness. It even triggered a deep depression in me last year. At times, I was convinced that I could never escape the maelstrom of my own mind.
But then I discovered Kadavy's work on the subject, and I slowly started to make my way to calmer waters. In Heart to Start, Kadavy distinguishes several concepts I never considered before. Just being able to label the thoughts getting in the way of my creating helped immensely. Coupled with his very actionable strategies for training the mind out of these thoughts, these ideas buoyed my mind and helped me get my business ideas out there in the world.
Now, I create and ship WAY more products, content, and ideas than I have in any other period of my life. All because I finally found the heart to start.
If you're currently struggling to get started on your next business or creative venture, then you may find your heart in these pages...
Whether you're trying to learning something new, start exercising, or build a business, you've probably heard this advice a million times.
But here's the issues with that: starting can be REALLY HARD.
If you're anything like me, you know you *should* just get started, but getting past all of the mental blocks can be tough.
This book is practical, relateable, and most important actionable. Pick up this book and learn how to take the first steps.
You should read if you are contemplating starting a project of your own and are not finding motivation (in other words have been giving yourself excuses).
Like a chocolate Kinder Surprise Egg, this book goes deep precisely to enable us to enjoy what is on the surface. In a way that feels friendly to the outside world, David has elegantly implemented psychology tools familiar to readers of Ferris's "4-Hour-Work-Week" and matched the sincerity of Pressfield's, "The War of Art." He beats both of the books at their own game by avoiding their flaws. His book never feels too irreverent or too woo-woo to recommend whereas "T4HWW" and "The War of Art" at times did, respectively.
Each chapter seemed to have a teaching system that could pluck a concept off the shelf, unpack and disassemble it, and give you personal and expert anecdotes about how he learned to do so, and then puts everything back together and neatly upon the shelf.
A great way to start the new year or next endeavor!
I also enjoyed how the author used vivid stories from his own life to illustrate his main points — you get the sense that he writes from true life experience. The book is inspirational but still feels deeply rooted in reality, unlike many other books in the genre.
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