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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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Jeff Goins dismantles the myth that being creative is a hindrance to success by revealing how an artistic temperament is a competitive advantage in the marketplace.?

The myth of the starving artist has dominated our culture, seeping into the minds of creative people and stifling their pursuits. 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, bestselling author and creativity expert Jeff Goins debunks the myth of the starving artist by unveiling the ideas that created it and replacing them with 14 rules for artists to thrive, 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)
  • Apprentice under a master (a "lone genius" can never reach full potential)

From graphic designers and writers to artists and business professionals, creatives already know that no one is born an artist. Goins' 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.

Real Artists Don't Starve 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, it is a powerful tool to be harnessed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718086268
Publisher: HarperCollins Leadership
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 240
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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