Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age

Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age

by Jeff Goins


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Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age by Jeff Goins

Bestselling author and creativity expert Jeff Goins dismantles the myth that being creative is a hindrance to success by revealing how an artistic temperament is in fact a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Now in trade paper.

For centuries, the myth of the starving artist has dominated our culture, seeping into the minds of creative people and stifling their pursuits. But the truth is that the world’s most successful artists did not starve. In fact, they capitalized on the power of their creative strength. In Real Artists Don’t Starve, Jeff Goins debunks the myth of the starving artist by unveiling the ideas that created it and replacing them with timeless strategies for thriving, including:

  • steal from your influences (don’t wait for inspiration),
  • collaborate with others (working alone is a surefire way to starve),
  • take strategic risks (instead of reckless ones),
  • make money in order to make more art (it’s not selling out), and
  • apprentice under a master (a “lone genius” can never reach full potential).

Through inspiring anecdotes of successful creatives both past and present, Goins shows that living by these rules is not only doable but it’s also a fulfilling way to thrive.

From graphic designers and writers to artists and business professionals, creatives already know that no one is born an artist. Goins’s revolutionary rules celebrate the process of becoming an artist, a person who utilizes the imagination in fundamental ways. He reminds creatives that business and art are not mutually exclusive pursuits. In fact, success in business and in life flow from a healthy exercise of creativity.

Expanding upon the groundbreaking work in his previous bestseller The Art of Work, Goins explores the tension every creative person and organization faces in an effort to blend the inspired life with a practical path to success. Being creative isn’t a disadvantage for success; rather, it is a powerful tool to be harnessed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718086268
Publisher: HarperCollins Leadership
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 316,413
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jeff Goins is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and popular blogger with a reputation for challenging the status quo. In three years, Goins built a million-dollar business, published four books, and became an online marketing expert, using his skills in writing and business to help others succeed. He is the author of four books, including The Art of Work, which landed on the bestseller lists of USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and Washington Post. He lives with his family near Nashville, TN.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Myth of the Starving Artist xi

Part 1 Mind-set

1 You Aren't Born an Artist 3

2 Stop Trying to Be Original 21

3 Apprentice Under a Master 37

4 Harness Your Stubbornness 51

Part 2 Market

5 Cultivate Patrons 71

6 Go Join a Scene 87

7 Collaborate with Others 107

8 Practice in Public 121

Part 3 Money

9 Don't Work for Free 137

10 Own Your Work 151

11 Diversify Your Portfolio 169

12 Make Money to Make Art 183

Conclusion: Join the New Renaissance 197

Note from the Author 207

Acknowledgments 209

Sources 211

About the Author 231

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Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I began my writing career with a wimpy start. I didn't want to be influenced by anybody or anything so I stayed away from self-help writing books. I then wrote a ebook, Mr Abaddon And Ollie which became my best selling book. Then, my career took a dive. I bought and read this book. Even though, in my opinion, the author contradicts himself several times, this book has really helped me both artistically and how I think of myself as a writer.
book4children More than 1 year ago
I read The Art of Work by this same author back when it first came out and really enjoyed it. I lent it to all my friends. Since I enjoyed that book so much, I was pretty excited to read Jeff Goins’s next book, especially when I saw what it was about. I love books about creative entrepreneurship. Big Magic is my all-time favorite book in this category, but Real Artists Don’t Starve offered a different perspective. It gives valuable insights into how successful artists work and how they leveraged their creativity to reach their potential. I loved the sections about money. Goins preaches that in order to make art, you need to make money, otherwise, how will you afford to continue making your art? Apparently, you don’t have to starve for your art. Who knew? The whole book was about shedding the cloak of the starving artist and embracing success—both financial and artistic. It’s a fantastic read if you’re a creative or if you’re looking for a way to add a creative endeavor to your life. Cover Love: The clean, simple cover is perfect for this book. It’s a clean, straightforward approach to life as an artist, and the white background and the apple give tell that story. Source: I received a copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers program.
RHTM More than 1 year ago
Book Review – Real Artists Don't Starve, by Jeff Goin, Harper Collins Pubilshers, 230 pages, LINK Jeff Goins completely explodes the myth that artists struggle in dark forgotten hovels barely alive, working their creations in some kind of divine oblivion, hoping to be noticed one day. Goins shows us the facts through history, research and interviews: Michelangelo didn't die poor. He was rich, and for most of his life. Artists don't create from nothing. They steal. John Grisham wrote one page per day and in three years he had a novel – A Time to Kill – and all while working as a lawyer. Some of my favorite quotes: “Thriving Artists become apprentices in their crafts.” “We cannot wait for our lucky break. We must continually be earning, luck may get you a break, but skill and a willingness to keep going are what will allow you to keep going.” “It's not just who you know – it's who you can help.” The book is full of encouragement and tips. But my favorite part of the book is “Sources.” Goins shares his research and extra notes about interviews and other tidbits – perfect for the writer (me) who enjoys learning more about the process.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Jeff did an amazing job showing the disconnect between Starving Artists and Thriving Artists. The word Artist can be misconstrued as a person who only does drawings and paintings. The truth of the matter is that we are all artists when it comes to what we do on a daily basis and when we strive to take on our dreams. Goins breaks down the myths behind artists and builds a case that we can all take our “art” out in the marketplace while not having to reinvent the wheel.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was very creative and aspiring and compelling to read that also bring us understand more about to being an artist isn't an either/or decision when is comes to money in the world that we are all living with the digital high technology had been trying to making money and do thing that you like to do and selling the ideals to the public that make all the artist and creative peoples are struggles, starving from they all talents but without losing that opportunity their is always a new solution with the great command and the tools that unique value to build a great career to all artists become a professional and success from their goal with today world are different and more opportunity than ever with sharing of work to the world know we need to have a vision and start up or a dream for a community that will come with a possible way to living a better life and do what you love to do too. The author of this book Jeff Goins he is also the writer, speaker and entrepreneur. He is the author of multiple book, including the national bestseller The Art of Work. He is lives with his family outside Nashville, Tennessee. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. " I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers Program for this review "