It has been a long time since I’ve last posted but I’ve been busy with a new job and coaching.  I have been able to read some books during this time though and I thought I’d share.  Both of these books I thoroughly enjoyed.

The first is The War of Art: Break through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles written by Steven Pressfield. Steven is an author of many books including The Legend of Bagger Vance. In this book he discusses the daily battles creative minds must wage and win in order to continue pursuing their medium. If the book was intended to be read by other writers I didn’t get that vibe.  I found it very inspiring and plan on reading it over repeatedly whenever I find myself in a slump.

The book itself may be short but it is chalk full of useful information. He has divided his book up into three parts.  The first part being the resistance that holds us back from achieving certain aspirations. Then he discusses how to combat and overcome our vices.  Lastly he discusses what we should do after we’re able to break through this invisible barrier. I’m sorry if that’s a rough synopsis but I have been filling my head with lots of literature recently. Every point he makes is very concise and rang true for me.

The second book I read was Gary Vaynerchuk’s The Thank You Economy. To start, anyone who owns a business or works for a company involving customers should read this.  I picked it up because as a photographer I have basically run my own business. I found a lot of the book to be common sense.

After saying that though I believe there are a lot of people in the business world who may not believe anything he says.  My conclusion is that the art business world is a little more in tune with their customers because we’re usually creating and receiving real time feedback.I still highly recommend it though.  I just found myself skipping parts near the end.  At the time I was reading it, I think I may have been searching for information that wasn’t in the book.

I recommend both books to all photographers. The next creativity-oriented book (I read multiple genres at once) I plan on reading is The Craftsman by Richard Sennett.  In a glass class I was in the professor recommended it and purchased it awhile ago I just haven’t gotten around to reading it. In my defense I do have a long list of books to read, as we all should.


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