Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

225_350_book-2292-coverThere is this understanding that most artists can’t make it in the real world. A few may make it big but most will scrap and claw to just survive. So goes this thought…until now. 

Jeff Goins, in his new book Real Artists Don’t Starve, blows away this false understanding that most artists will starve. They need to live in the real world and lose their creative bent. How many artists did not pursue a passion because they believed the lie that they could not survive? 

Jeff Goins uses example after example of artists who buck this false narrative of starving artists. For example, he uses the artist Michelangelo who, when research was done, was found out to have significant wealth. Yet many believed that he was poor throughout his life and some have even used him as an example of a struggling artist. 

Goins takes time to show how an artist can be successful and not fall prey to being eaten by lies and negativity. He quotes authors, tells stories, and gives anecdotal insight to give his readers the belief that they can make it as creative people. 

The information presented here is not new material. It is Goins writing style that present this information in an upbeat and constructive way that drives home the realization that creativity does not equate to scarcity. 

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


The 25 Biblical Laws of Success by William Douglas and Rubens Teixeira

9780801019562Many see the Bible as a religious book; it is that. However, the Bible also has relevance in many areas outside of religious teachings. There are passages on: parenting, marriage, friendships, and government to name a few. The Bible also speaks to business.

While not normally thought of as a business book, William Douglas and Rubens Teixeira have sought to change that in their book The 25 Biblical Laws of Success. Using the Bible, Douglas and Teixeira list 25 laws that the Bible teaches that should aid many to success.

I shall list all 25 laws but will point out one law that stood out to me: the Law of Wisdom. This law states that “Wisdom is the foundation on which success is achieved.” (p. 23) One of the ways wisdom lends itself to success is by using advisers.

These advisers are brought in to assist with company growth and atmosphere. They can be managers, business evaluators, or a board of directors to give a few examples. When advisers are utilized that can give insight into what is working, what is not but needs to be fixed, and what is working and needs to be dismissed.

Sadly, many do not invest in wise counsel and suffer for it. They believe things will fix themselves or simply do not see problems to be addressed. This can come from one of the Cardinal Sins Against Success, as the authors title them. That sin is pride. Believing that “I can do it on my own. I do not need help.” has caused many to fail when it need not be the case.

I found this book to be an excellent resource acting as a primer to give to entering the workforce in whatever capacity they enter. Setting a good foundation will allow for opportunities for success and to weather the storms of difficult times. This book can used to lay this foundation.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Born for This by Chris Guillebeau

Born for This Book

What were you meant to do?

Growing up, people have dreams of becoming something. Firefighters, teachers, dancers, athletes, business owners, etc. are just a few of the careers people have expressed over their lives of what they want to be when they grow up.

Yet, what if they are not meant to do those things?

In his book, Born for This, Chris Guillebeau instructs the reader that he/she may not know what they are meant to do and that is okay. In fact, it can be a great time if it is leverage right. By learning different skills, these “non-dream” jobs can develop a person so that when the “dream job” arrives he/she is prepared for it.

I really enjoyed this book and found its content to be inspiring and insightful. I am curious now to read Guillebeau’s book $100 Startup and may have to get a copy soon.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crown Business in exchange for my honest review.