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Real Artists Don't Starve

Updated: Mar 19, 2020

Day 387


"Sometimes it's easier to believe a beautiful lie than a difficult truth."

In Real Artists Don't Starve, Jeff Goins goes to great lengths to dispel the myth of the Starving Artist.

The difficult truth is that artists can actually thrive. Many choose, instead, to believe that the pursuit of a career in the arts is a fruitless journey and not a worthy occupational venture.

Goins uses history and personal experience to prove his point.

His primary example: Michelangelo.

You've heard of him...right?

This sin't a book about Ninja Turtles, it's a book about the Thriving Artist in this day and age: the New Renaissance. the current era is perhaps the best time in history to be creative, and this book, much like the books written by Austin Kleon, paints a vivid picture of both how, and why, you can, and should, pursue your creative endeavors and thrive in the process.

I loved The Art of Work, my introduction to Goins' writing, so I knew I had to read this one, and it didn't disappoint. Whether you are a creative or not, there is something in this book for you. Whatever your craft, "...the world needs your work." More specifically, the world needs your best work. In the final sentence, Goins pleads "Please don't let us down."

"Most significant change begins with a simple step, not a giant leap. You don't need to see the whole path to know what your next move is; you just need to take the next, right risk. Small changes over time can lead to massive transformation."

The first simple step might be to read a book...maybe try this one.



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