Show Your Work

Show Your Work! - by Austin Kleon #

Date Read: 2019-01-25 #

Notes #

  1. You don’t have to be a genius. Find a scenius.
  • Be an amateur - a lifelong learner. Embrace the uncertain and unknown.
  • Read obituaries. - What do you have to lose?
  1. Think process, not product
  • Start out by scooping out the scraps. Journal your thoughts
  1. Share something small everyday
  • What are you working on?
  • “Post as though everyone who reads it has the power to fire you”
  • Unsure? Leave it aside for 24 hours. Is it helpful? Is It entertaining? Are you comfortable with your boss or mother seeing?
  • Build a good domain name.
  1. Open up your cabinet of curiosities
  • Credit is always due.
  1. Tell good stories
  • Structure
  • You should be able to explain your work to a kindergartner to a senior and everyone in between.
  • If you’re employed but don’t feel good, ask yourself why that is. Your bio should be factual
  1. Teach what you know
  • Think about what you can share from your process that would inform the people you’re trying to reach.
  1. Don’t turn into human spam
  • (e.g. people who want to be published but do not read)
  • Stop worrying about how many people follow you online and start worrying about the quality of people who follow you.
  • The vampire test. Do you gain energy or lose energy after interacting with someone?
  1. Learn to take a punch
  • relax and breathe - it’s not as bad as you think
  • Practice getting hit a lot
  • Every criticism is an opportunity for new work
  • Protect your vulnerable areas. If you have work that is sensitive to criticism, keep it hidden
  • Keep your balance - work is what you do. Not you. Remain close to family and friends
  • Delete trolls
  1. Sell out
  • Ask for virtual donations
  • Don’t be afraid to charge for your work, but put a price on it that you think is fair.
  • Keep a mailing list.
  1. Stick around
  • The day you finish _, is the day you begin the next _.
  • Take a sabbatical if you need it
  • Mini sabbaticals - commute, exercise, nature.