ISBN — 9781477800676

Read — 2/7/17

Rating — 9/10

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Summary

This book is a very quick and easy read. I read a majority of it while traveling for a speaking engagement.

The chapters are small and laid out like blog posts, which made the book fun and engaging.

Each chapter is by a different author.

I don't typically enjoy that format, but this book was different. I stayed curious about what was coming up next.

The chapters by Godin and Pressfield were phenomenal.

The best thing about the book? All the takeaways!

Each chapter is a highly concentrated dose of revelation.

However, what makes the book great, could be what makes it tough to apply. There are so many takeaways!

I would advise reading this book like a daily devotional.

Read one small chapter a day and tweak your routine slowly. That way you can really maximize the content.

I gave this book a 9 of 10, mostly because a 10 of 10 is reserved for books that I can't put down. While this was not that book, I would consider it a strong read for any creative.


Favorite Highlights

Thomas Edison famously said, “Genius is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration.”

If you keep playing without any time-outs, your game starts to slip.

Through our constant connectivity to each other, we have become increasingly reactive to what comes to us rather than being proactive about what matters most to us. Being informed and connected becomes a disadvantage when the deluge supplants your space to think and act.

You’ll likely find that your work habits have drifted to accommodate your surroundings rather than to meet your preferences.

Woody Allen once said that 80 percent of success is showing up.

If you want to create something worthwhile with your life, you need to draw a line between the world’s demands and your own ambitions.

Manage to-do list creep. Limit your daily to-do list. A 3” × 3” Post-it is perfect—if you can’t fit everything on a list that size, how will you do it all in one day?

Capture every commitment. Train yourself to record every commitment you make (to yourself or others) somewhere that will make it impossible to forget.

Over the long run, the unglamorous habit of frequency fosters both productivity and creativity.

One of my most helpful Secrets is, “What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.”

Because lots and lots of people are creative when they feel like it, but you are only going to become a professional if you do it when you don’t feel like it. And that emotional waiver is why this is your work and not your hobby.

The first is that sleep is more important than food.

Blocking off time for uninterrupted focus, however, is only half the battle. The other half is resisting distraction. This means: no e-mail, no Internet, and no phone.

Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.

Listen to your gut as much as you listen to others.

The easy way is always a trap.

Regular sleep doesn’t hurt, either. According to a Harvard study, with proper sleep and incubation, “People are 33 percent more likely to infer connections among distantly related ideas.”

In the end, for me, it comes down to the work itself. A pro gets younger and more innocent as he or she ascends through the levels. It’s a paradox. We get salty and cynical, but we creep closer, too, to the wonder. You have to or you can’t keep going. Any other motivation will burn you out.


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