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Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age Hardcover – June 6, 2017
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"Jeff Goins doesn't just show us how to be more creative. He also reveals a path for turning our art into business and our business into art. Every entrepreneur, writer, and artist should read this book and take notes."
--DANIEL H. PINK, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human
"Jeff Goins has established himself as a fresh and dynamic voice inspiring us to get out of our own way and produce our best work. Real Artists Don't Starve is the work of angels: a book every aspiring writer, artist, and creative must read."
--STEVEN PRESSFIELD, bestselling author of The War of Art
"Anyone trying to make a living from their creative work will find much to steal here."
--AUSTIN KLEON, author of Steal Like an Artist
"Jeff puts to rest the myth of the starving artist. Artists not only deserve to be well rewarded, but there are more opportunities than ever for them to make it happen. This book is not only the blueprint, it's also Jeff's personal artistic manifesto. And now it's mine."
--JAMES ALTUCHER, author and entrepreneur
"Goins dispels the myth that being a creative is some illusive, mysterious dimension reserved for a chosen few. A great book for anyone bogged down by old-fashioned ideas about what it takes to be a thriving artist."
--LISA CONGDON, artist and author of Art Inc
About the Author
Jeff Goins is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur. He is the best-selling author of five books, including The Art of Work and Real Artists Don't Starve. His award-winning blog Goinswriter.com is visited by millions of people every year. He lives with his family just outside of Nashville, where he makes the world's best guacamole.
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If you have read more than a few books/blogs about being an artist and making a living, particularly those of a more inspirational bent, you won't really find anything new here.
Despite that, the way that the stories are told is nicely done. I enjoyed it and found it a light and quick read and will probably read it again at some point. It's one of those books that's better suited to someone who needs encouragement rather than practical instructions.
You can read hundreds of biographies, do hundreds of interviews and distill that information into common principles and strategies others have followed to be successful as an artist in their chosen fields of endeavor OR you can get your copy of "Real Artists Don't Starve" today and benefit from this work already done for you by Jeff Goins. This might just inspire you to take that first or next step in living your dream and not starving while doing so.
To me having someone else do all the research and providing his findings is worth the small investment needed to purchase this book. I think it would be a worthwhile investment for you too.
"You can do extraordinary things when you are patiently persistent." Reading and learning what others have done to be successful is one of those patiently persistent things you need to do to increase your chances of your success. This book will help you achieve that goal.
You will learn some things you didn't know, be reminded of some things you already knew and many misconceptions you thought you knew will be clarified. In the process you might just be inspired to say if they can do it I can too and take action to live YOUR dream.
Don't procrastinate any longer. Get your copy today!
There book is thin on offering conclusive, nuts and bolts advice, an odd omission to a book which uses the word "strategies" in its subtitle. Instead, the author profiles and editorializes a variety of approaches, frequently recommending one technique only to later suggest its opposite. Goins rather neatly suggests that the ability to hold disparate views simultaneously is a mark of intelligence. Perhaps he believes this and perhaps it's a thing of convenience. Ultimately, does anyone know what makes an art career really move? If that's the advice you're seeking, I don't think you'll find it here. This is a solidly decent, edutainment or motivational book founded in a rather narrow, white, male perspective.