In honour of World Book Day, we would like to offer up some inspirational reading to keep creatives of all kinds on the straight and narrow.
Next time that little voice spouting doubt and fear pipes up; smack it right back down with these bad boys.
“No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.”
“An individual artist needs only a thousand true fans in her tribe. It’s enough.”
“In the end it is about what you want to be, not what you want to have.”
“Plus, if you’re a copycat, you can never keep up. You’re always in a passive position. You never lead; you always follow. You give birth to something that’s already behind the times—just a knockoff, an inferior version of the original. That’s no way to live.”
“You don’t get to pick your family, but you can pick your teachers and you can pick your friends and you can pick the music you listen to and you can pick the books you read and you can pick the movies you see. You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into your life. You are the sum of your influences. The German writer Goethe said, “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”
“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
“Frequency makes starting easier. Getting started is always a challenge. It’s hard to start a project from scratch, and it’s also hard each time you re-enter a project after a break. By working every day, you keep your momentum going.”
“As an artist, you may love creating your art so much, you’d do it for free. But as a businessperson, you have to assign the appropriate monetary value to your time and talent, if you want your career to flourish.”
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What are your favourite books to keep you inspired? Share in the comments below.