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- 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.
David Kadavy shows us, through practical action items, or through his own personal journeys to start, how to break free and get over the hump of just starting.
For a lot of the book, too, there are methods and stories about how to *continue* and follow through on your passions -- how even continuing after starting can be a difficulty that is hard to overcome. Basically, how to get started every day until completion.
An easy read, and very practical.
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).
It's a common practice these days for authors with successful blogs and podcasts to distill them into book form and republish their content. I'm happy to say that "The Heart To Start" is not one of these books. David Kadavy certainly draws from what he's learned from dozens of interviews he's done for his popular "Love Your Work" podcast as well as his own life experience struggling to overcome creative blocks, but the thesis he constructs here is an entirely new one within the library of his work.
"The Heart To Start" deconstructs the reasons, both emotional and practical, that starting something new can be difficult. These explanations are helpfully paired with ways to reframe your thinking to reduce the weight of these blocks. Some of these factors are in your head and tied to ego and emotions: What if everyone thinks my work is awful? Others are simply fallacies and biases that humans tend to get stuck in: This project is going to take so much of my time so there's no way I can start it! Kadavy picks these counterproductive feelings and biases off one by one, and leaves you with the sense that maybe that thing you thought was a scary monster under your bed was actually just a harmless shadow.
While some of the advice offered is tactical, the book doesn't focus explicitly on productivity techniques, and I think this is actually to the reader's benefit. There are thousands of books full of hacks and techniques to make you more productive, but not nearly as many that take the time to help you examine why you feel the way you do, and to shine a light on the distortions and fallacies that hold you back and keep you from getting started. The act of exposing them might not kill them entirely, but it's much easier to power through them when you realize they're sabotaging your efforts.