Show Your Work!
- Publish Date: 2014-03-06
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Austin Kleon
In his New York Times bestseller Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by âstealingâ from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journeyâgetting known.
Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. Itâs about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time ânetworking.â Itâs not self-promotion, itâs self-discoveryâlet others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive.
In chapters such as You Donât Have to Be a Genius; Share Something Small Every Day; and Stick Around, Kleon creates a userâs manual for embracing the communal nature of creativityâ what he calls the âecology of talent.â From broader life lessons about work (you canât find your voice if you donât use it) to the etiquette of sharingâand the dangers of oversharingâto the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), itâs an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.