I read this book at a perfect time in my life. I was embarking on several creative projects and needed the motivation to push through and drop some of the “big ideas” that I wanted to pursue.
Chase Jarvis has built an empire on creativity, and he knows what he’s talking about. This book is packed with gems for the closet creator (or the creator who is losing their way). Here are some of my favorite points (paraphrased):
- Unused creativity turns toxic. Bring your creative gifts to the world, don’t let the unused potential eat away at your soul.
- Don’t hide behind too many projects. Commit to a very select few.
- Don’t be afraid to have more than one project. Cross-pollination is good. Having somewhere to go when you’re bored is good.
- Build your network, build your audience. They are the single most potent amplifier for your work.
- Make something every day.
- There’s no such thing as the “wrong direction” in creative work. It’s exploration.
This book is more practical and just as inspirational as Steven Pressfield’s work. Not to discount Steven Pressfield. I absolutely love The War of Art.