"I love my work so much I would do it for free."
Many creative people have uttered these words in a moment of enthusiasm -- they express the joy of creative work. But they also hint at some of the pitfalls that lie in wait for creatives . . .
In one sense, creative people have no problem with motivation. We fall in love with our creative work and pursue a career that allows us to do what we love every day.
Psychological research confirms what we know in our hearts: we are at our most creative when we are driven by intrinsic motivation -- working for the sheer joy of it, regardless of rewards. Focusing on extrinsic motivation -- such as money, fame, or other rewards -- can kill your creativity.
If you don't feel excited by the task in front of you, it's impossible to do your best work, no matter what rewards it might bring. You may be determined not to sell out, but selling yourself short can be just as damaging. And when it comes to public recognition, comparisonitis and professional jealousy can consume far too much of your creative energy.
Working for love is all well and good, but if you're a creative professional you can't ignore the rewards: you need money to enjoy your life and to fund your projects.You may not need to be famous, but you do need a good reputation within your professional network. And if you're in a fame-driven industry you need a powerful public profile, whether or not you enjoy the limelight.There's a precious balance at play--get it wrong, and you could seriously damage your creativity and even your career.
For the past twenty years creative coach Mark McGuinness has helped hundreds of creatives like you to overcome these challenges. A poet and creative entrepreneur, his previous book, Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success, is an Amazon.com Creativity bestseller.
In his latest book, Motivation for Creative People, Mark helps you rise to these challenges and create a fulfilling and rewarding creative career. All the solutions he shares have been tested with real people in real situations, including ways to:
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Mark McGuinness is a poet and a coach for creative professionals - artists, creatives, performers, and entrepreneurs. Based in London, UK, he coaches clients and consults for agencies and studios all over the world. His first book, Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism was an Amazon.com Creativity best seller. He is a columnist at 99U.com and a co-author of the 99U best sellers Manage Your Day-to-Day and Maximize Your Potential. Creative organisations he has worked with include the BBC, Channel 4, HOW Design, Magnum Photos, McCann Erickson, and the Royal College of Art. His work has been featured in Vogue US, The Wall Street Journal, Creative Review, and on the Discovery Health Channel. Mark's poems and reviews are published in leading poetry journals. He writes about poetry at: MarkMcGuinness.comReview :
"A deep, unsentimental dive into the quotidian realities of the artist's life--how to stay sane, pay the rent, refrain from murdering your spouse, all while pursuing your calling with purity of heart and nobility of intention.
"This is a How To manual at the highest level from a man who has lived the life and has watched and worked intimately with hundreds of others who've done the same. Indispensable reading for anyone in a creative field who is seeking to achieve not just a flash of brilliance but a lifelong career."
Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The War of Art
"Motivation for Creative People is chock full of stories and tips, carrots and prods. It will give you the kick in the seat of the pants you need to get down to the business of creating. An enjoyable read!"
Roger von Oech, author of A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative and the Creative Whack Pack
"When we speak of motivation, we typically refer to some vague combination of inspiration and willpower. In this book, Mark goes much deeper, articulating the complex array of values, rewards, and influences that drive us to make our best work. (Or keep us from it.)
"Motivation for Creative People will encourage you reflect sincerely on the factors that underpin your artistic achievements, ultimately giving you a 'clarity of mission' that will take your creativity to new heights."
Jocelyn Glei, author and Founding Editor, 99UM
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Description du livre Lateral Action Books, 2015. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 957566441
Description du livre Lateral Action Books. Paperback. État : Brand New. In Stock. N° de réf. du libraire zk0957566441