Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon


Austin Kleon tells us in his new book, “Show Your Work!, 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered”, and then how to do it. Each of the ways listed is expounded on. He tells us that the key is a process, not a product and that we should share something everyday.

Kleon says it is about being find-able, about using a network instead of wasting time networking.

The book is a next step from his prior two books, “Steal Like an Artist, and Keep Going”. He says the key is that you do good work. It has to be worth stealing.

The 10 ways to share your creativity and get discovered are:

  1. You don’t have to be a genius.

  2. Think process, not product.

  3. Share something small every day.

  4. Open up your cabinet of curiosities.

  5. Tell good stories.

  6. Teach what you know.

  7. Don’t turn into human spam.

  8. Learn to take a punch.

  9. Sell out.

  10. Stick Around

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Quotes from this Book

“the worst troll is the one that lives in your head.”

“Forget about being an expert or a professional, and wear your amateurism (your heart, your love) on your sleeve. Share what you love, and the people who love the same things will find you.”

“Make stuff you love and talk about stuff you love and you’ll attract people who love that kind of stuff. It’s that simple.”

“But now I realize that the only way to find your voice is to use it. It’s hardwired, built into you. Talk about the things you love. Your voice will follow.”

“the worst troll is the one that lives in your head.”

“Don't think of your website as a self-promotion machine, think of it as a self-invention machine.”

“Don’t try to be hip or cool. Being open and honest about what you like is the best way to connect with people who like those things, too.”

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Show Your Work!
By Austin Kleon