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Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success Paperback – May 22, 2013
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About the Author
Mark McGuinness is a creative business coach who has been helping clients overcome rejection, criticism and other obstacles to success since the mid-nineties.
He has also dealt with his own share of rejection and criticism, as a self-employed coach, psychotherapist, public speaker and writer. His blogs and ebooks are read by thousands of people every week, and he coaches clients all over the world.
Resilience distills over 16 years' experience of helping clients facing real-life challenges into a memorable and useful read.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is a wide-ranging and thorough exploration of all the factors that feed into resilience--starting with the need to do something you truly believe in.
More than just giving me ways for dealing with setbacks (a significant contribution in and of itself), this book has given me the resolve to actually pursue a few of the dreams I've been keeping in my head for the last few years. Mark McGuinness writes warmly, openly and truthfully. Check out his blog, lateralaction.com, to get a better idea of what McGuinness is about and whether this book is right for you.
You simply cannot create any type of art without having resilience to criticism or rejection. It's an essential skill that will allow any artist to endure the struggles, hardships and setbacks that will occur during the creative process.
I'm particularly found of the books style which is a more refined and polished version of his witty, charming and sometimes scolding blog.
The one aspect of Resilience that resonates with me is the discussion of the inner critic. That is, by and far, the biggest challenge all creative people face. Our inner critic is how we internalize those rejections and criticisms. If our inner critic is stronger than our resilience then we will stall on our path to success. If we can manage our inner critic, then we build our resilience and creative endurance.
Luckily, Mark distills his vast knowledge of the creative mind into easy to read and even easier next steps to take. It's this learning then doing model that makes applying Mark's wisdom simple to do.
If you find yourself struggling to meet your creative goals, always pondering whether or not you will make it or just want to live a more rewarding creative life, then pick up resilience. It's the missing piece to building up your creative endurance.
Creative people all face the inevitable reality that there work may be rejected or criticized. The nature of working as a creative is that you put yourself out there, so therefore make yourself vulnerable for attack. This often makes a lot of creatives quit on pursuing their creative dreams. This is where Mark's book will come in to not only help, but inspire, empower and equip all creatives.
Instead of quitting or feeling discouraged, Mark teaches very effective strategies of how to handle rejection and criticism and continue to flourish in our creative work. His book is easy to read and extremely practical.
If you are an artist or professional in a creative field, this book will help you flourish to your full potential, giving you the strength, inspiration and practical actions to take to never give up! I'm a singer/performer/vocal coach/business entrepreneur and I am now armed with practical tips on how to keep going in my creative pursuits and dreams.
That is quite a big statement, but people who are creative in any field will at some point be faced with rejection and criticism. In fact, one of the very first things to take away from this book is, "thank goodness, it's not just me". However, at the moment of the criticism, knowing that you are not alone in having your great idea thrown back in your face is not always a comfort. This is when `Resilience` will be the perfect tool to get you back on track.
Mark McGuinness has worked for 16 years as a coach helping creative people to overcome the obstacles they face in their work. In addition to working with his clients, he is a writer and public speaker. He is also a poet, so understands exactly how devastating it can be to have a piece of work created from the soul crushed by one critical comment.
Mark brings his considerable professional and personal experience together in this book, creating a rich resource of insights, advice and very practical tips. He suggests that the best way to work with the book is to read it all the way through and then go back to the chapters which feel most relevant to you and work through the questions and exercises at the end of each. I would agree with this as your first read through gives a great overview of issues such as The Inner Voice, your harshest critic, different types of criticism and how to deal with them, and how to get the odds on your side. As you read, you will know instinctively which areas you want to work on straightaway and you can go back and work on them in more depth. Because Mark covers so much ground, I can also see how you could go back to the book time after time. (I certainly will be!)
The book is both an easy and challenging read. The easy bit is that it is written in a very straightforward, approachable and often humorous style. (My favourite quote from the whole book, because I can identify with it, is about how we often exaggerate the negative things which happen and how we can flip that thinking around with humour: "The end of the world eh? Who'd have guessed it would be a Tuesday?".) There are great stories to illustrate key points and heartening examples of people who were rejected only to bounce back. (We all know about J K Rowling's struggle to get into print and how her persistence eventually paid off big time, but it is delightful to read the list of other authors who are now millionaires and/or regarded as high priests of English literature who were persistently kicked into the long grass by publishers.) The challenging part is that it makes you question just how committed you are to your idea/vision/craft, which is always a powerful exercise at any point in one's career.
I also get Mark's free Creative Pathfinder weekly course from his website and there's lots of tips in there for marketing etc. It's wonderful of his to make such valuable information available for such a little price &/or FREE!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very practical book and it shows that it has been written after a lot of practical experience in the field.