Hi everyone. I’ve included both links to amazing books that I believe can positively impact your life as well as other websites that I frequent. These are my virtual mentors who I’ve learned how to build my own art career and my screen printing business from.
At the very least, check out the blogs/free resources, as they often give out a wealth of information (I’m on a lot of their mailing lists). Regarding the books, you can also search for them at your local library, borrow from a friend, and/or support your local bookstore and buy direct from them.
FYI, the links to Amazon books are Amazon affiliate links, but whether you buy this way, support your local bookstore, or find a free way of getting the information, it’s all stuff I highly recommend and has helped me build my own personal/business education. There are also a few free websites on there, so definitely check them all out.
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)– by Seth Godin
The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? – by Seth Godin
Seth Godin is the father of modern marketing. A thought-leader and visionary, I can’t recommend his work highly enough. The Dip has helped both get me through big hurdles and reassess what I was doing in life. The Icarus Deception is basically the core philosophy of a lot of what I teach – it focuses on flying high and reaching for your dreams and how to stand out as someone exceptional to do the art you were meant to do.
His blog is updated daily, and is short but thought-provoking and amazing. If you do one thing on this list, follow this blog.
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead– by Brene Brown
A researcher who studies shame, Brene Brown’s book is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt like they were not enough. If you tend not to take action because you’re scared of rejection, you need to read this. This book will change your life (if you let it) to reduce fear and let you live your life like it was meant to be lived.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles – by Steven Pressfield
Hard hitting truth about the creative process, Steven Pressfield deconstructs what it means to be an artist and to make art. He also goes over how to battle procrastination and to DO THE WORK.
The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism – by Olivia Fox Cabane
Want to be more personable and pursuasive? Need to deal with public speaking? Do you find yourself socially awkward, or would you like to be even better than you already are? Step up your game and discover the aspects of charisma and how you can ace interviews.
Choose Yourself! – by James Altucher
Highly recommended. While not necessarily the most charismatic or relatable guy, James Altucher has earned millions, then gone broke three times. This book is fantastic and VERY contemporary in terms of realizing the need for at least some sense of entrepreneurship. Also, he is a master of working through gut-wrenching fear and self-doubt, so there’s definitely something to learn.
It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be: The world’s best selling book– by Paul Arden
Written originally for those working in advertising, it’s nevertheless filled with great truths on creating, how to sell your work, energy management, public speaking, and ambition. If you want to be at the top of your field, you need this book. Plus, you can read it on a bus ride..super short but impactful.
The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms – by Danielle LaPorte
Danielle LaPorte’s Fire Start Sessions is a nurturing yet kick-in-the-pants call to action for you to follow your heart. Even though you’re already in art school, make sure you’re doing what you love. I started out in graphic design, moved to illustration, then realized I’m a fine artist. This will help make sure you’re following you dreams with laser accuracy.
Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator– by Ryan Holiday
The Obstacle is the Way – by Ryan Holiday
Want to get into the NYT Best Seller’s List? Do you want major media attention for you art? If you want to hack the game, this is the book for you. Also a great read that will turn your perception about the news and mass media upside down. In his second book, Holiday will show you how to take control of your emotions so you can perform better, recover from setbacks faster, and find success through perseverance.
The Flinch– by Julien Smith
This is definitely a gut punch of a book. It’s cheap, but one of the most powerful, nerve-shaking books on what it takes to be the best. Often, it involves doing things you’re really uncomfortable doing. This helps you fight through it.
Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out– by Marc Ecko
Super awesome tale of how Ecko started airbrushing in his parent’s garage to being an international fashion brand. Great behind-the-scene story on building a brand identity, what it’s like to have a gigantic company (all the perks and problems), and what it means to sell artwork for the artist. Especially great read if you’re interested in building your own company or are in the fashion industry in any way.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated)– by Tim Ferriss
The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life – by Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss is the human lab experiment. He is a relentless tester, and puts himself through great lengths to test everything. From cooking, learning languages, fitness, and learning how to learn and much much more (4-Hr. Chef), to figuring out how to hack your business using outsourcing and working smart (4 Hr. Workweek), he is sorta crazy, but you’ll learn so much. His blog is also fantastic. Check it out.
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future – by Chris Guillebeau
The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World (Perigee Book.)(book)
Art of Non-conformity Blog
Chris Guilleabeau is a Portland native who, by 33, has traveled to every single country in the world. A man who marches to no one’s beat but his own, he is a self-starter, and his manifesto (which the Art of Non-Conformity Book is based off of) is actually what got me started with entrepreneurship. Super inspiring (and a travel hacker), Chris’ $100 Start-Up is another good book for beginner entrepreneurs that want to start out without a big bloated budget.
The One Who Is Not Busy: Connecting with Work in A Deeply Satisfying Way– by Darlene Cohen
As someone who took 4 studio classes every semester and worked 20 hours a week for three years while in art school, I know how it feels to be overwhelmed and constantly frantic and busy. Working for seven different companies hasn’t changed much. This book is my core that helps me keep it all in perspective and helps me survive the chaos that is my life. If you’re finding that you don’t have time for yourself, this is the book for you.
I Will Teach You To Be Rich– by Ramit Sethi
Ramit Sethi may seem like a hard-ass (he is) but his material (free and paid) is completely life changing. Focusing on “Big Wins,” he is truly the business guru when it comes to negotiation, getting a job, and being a top performer. His book mainly focuses on personal finance and how to automate it, but his blog has everything from persuasion to psychology to getting your dream job. He is a bit rough, however, so if you’re not into his style, prepare yourself.
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative– by Austin Kleon
Lots of nice quips and quotes, this book is recommended as another super quick read on creativity and not letting what others think get in your way.
The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business– by Josh Kaufman
A great business basics book. Josh Kaufman read hundreds of business books and distilled everything down into this one book. If you have no idea about business, this is a fantastic place to get started.
A website all about copywriting, which is a good skill to have in general. This will help you write your official bio, and pretty much anytime you need to sell without being there(which, if you’re selling something online, or starting your own business, is often).
Naomi Dunford and Dave Navarro are two marketing gurus that are a bit crude, funny, but above all super great. They specialize in small businesses (like you and me) and focus on getting down to work, making things happen, and getting by. If Ramit is the guy you go to when you wanna get to the next level, Naomi is the lady you want when you’re struggling or starting out.
www.designinganmba.com by Megan Auman
Megan Auman has a lot of overall business, marketing, and crafting advice for those more in the craft and design sphere. She has her own jewelry line and goes to trade shows and can offer a lot in terms of those thinking about that route.
CreativeLive created by Chase Jarvis
CreateLive is a fantastic site where you can take live classes by creative professionals. Since Chase Jarvis is a world-class photographer, the site is photographer-heavy, but there’s also business, art, and craft courses on there. They offer FREE courses streaming, and you can buy the recordings of those already recorded.