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Motivation for Creative People: How to Stay Creative While Gaining Money, Fame, and Reputation Paperback – October 27, 2015
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"A deep, unsentimental dive into the quotidian realities of the artist's life--how to stay sane, pay the rent, refrain from murdering your spouse, all while pursuing your calling with purity of heart and nobility of intention.
"This is a How To manual at the highest level from a man who has lived the life and has watched and worked intimately with hundreds of others who've done the same. Indispensable reading for anyone in a creative field who is seeking to achieve not just a flash of brilliance but a lifelong career."
Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The War of Art
"Motivation for Creative People is chock full of stories and tips, carrots and prods. It will give you the kick in the seat of the pants you need to get down to the business of creating. An enjoyable read!"
Roger von Oech, author of A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative and the Creative Whack Pack
"When we speak of motivation, we typically refer to some vague combination of inspiration and willpower. In this book, Mark goes much deeper, articulating the complex array of values, rewards, and influences that drive us to make our best work. (Or keep us from it.)
"Motivation for Creative People will encourage you reflect sincerely on the factors that underpin your artistic achievements, ultimately giving you a 'clarity of mission' that will take your creativity to new heights."
Jocelyn Glei, author and Founding Editor, 99UM
About the Author
Mark McGuinness is a poet and a coach for creative professionals - artists, creatives, performers, and entrepreneurs. Based in London, UK, he coaches clients and consults for agencies and studios all over the world. His first book, Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism was an Amazon.com Creativity best seller. He is a columnist at 99U.com and a co-author of the 99U best sellers Manage Your Day-to-Day and Maximize Your Potential. Creative organisations he has worked with include the BBC, Channel 4, HOW Design, Magnum Photos, McCann Erickson, and the Royal College of Art. His work has been featured in Vogue US, The Wall Street Journal, Creative Review, and on the Discovery Health Channel. Mark's poems and reviews are published in leading poetry journals. He writes about poetry at: MarkMcGuinness.com
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I gave her the name of Mark’s book and recommended it enthusiastically. I told her I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this book.
I’ve read a LOT of other books on creativity and motivation, so I’m a tough sell. Mark’s book was a pleasant surprise, both for its new ideas and for his fresh synthesis of those basic concepts I thought I already knew. If you’re new to the subject, I think this would be an excellent introduction; but if you’ve been around, you’ll still find lots of meaty ideas to chew on.
Best of all, Mark delivers consistently useful insights and suggestions with the promise that “all the solutions offered in the book have been tested with real people facing real challenges.” The tone of the book is congenial and compassionate, even when he’s kicking butt. I felt like I was sitting down with a caring friend. And he illustrates every concept with a story, either from his own creative practice or from public figures or his many and varied coaching clients.
Some of my favorite stories are the ones he tells about his own struggles to find his creative path. During his student years, he literally made himself sick trying to force himself into a life of scholarship. This is a guy with a deep understanding of how we sabotage ourselves and put off our own happiness—and, most importantly, how to turn that around.
The book shows signs that Mark has not entirely left his scholarly ways behind. How refreshing to encounter a self-help book with a backbone of deep intelligence. He can write equally convincingly about the latest trends in social media AND the creative habits of Shakespeare and Trollope.
Mark wields symbols and metaphor like a poet, not surprising given that he is also a published poet. I liked his use of the pinwheel as a symbol for his four principles of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic, social and personal. “The promise of the pinwheel,” he says, “is to get you out of black-and-white thinking. It’s not a case of creativity versus money, or following your heart versus following the crowd. It’s about how to incorporate all four types of motivation in your career, and make them fuse together with joy.”
I was coached by Mark briefly, over a year and a half ago, and not a day goes by when I don’t draw from what he taught me. The guy’s got the goods—and now readers, too, can benefit from his wisdom.
Oh, and I’ll just add that, after working for years as a book editor, I was delighted to read a self-published book without spotting a single error! Thanks to the author for respecting his readers enough to get his book properly edited.
I also love how this book incorporates all reading styles: Whether you like stories or just want to get practical step by step tips or examples, it reaches every reader on the right level.
Absolutely a MUST, if you feel stuck, want to be inspired or were just wondering where that motivation comes from! :-)
In a nutshell: This is an absolute must-read for any creative mind.
It is a mind-blowing and eye-opening work. Not only does it challenge you to think things through from a very intimate perspective but it also challenges you to find your own creative answers to very specific and detailed topics. It forces you to question deep-held assumptions and discovering what your inner voice has to tell you.
In some strange and yet surprising way it was almost as if this book read me instead of me reading it.
Maybe it was the timing and how this book came into my hands, or maybe it was Mark's authentic writing but it resonated deeply with my creative self. It is a book about self-discovery as well as motivation and it described my situation so accurately that it was even a little scary (in a good way) because it forced me to stretch beyond my comfort zone. It was one of those incredible flow-inducing experiences hard to describe with words. A stream of deep insights and profound questions.
Thanks Mark for sharing this book with me, it came into my hands in perfect timing. Reading it has been an absolute pleasure and a wonderful journey of discoveries.