Recently I been on this marathon on self-help books, YouTube video’s on motivation, reading inspirational quotes everyday ect and I thought I would start sharing with you what I’m reading, watching ect. I’m not sure if you’re like this, but I tend to fill my head with a lot of self-doubt, second guessing things, thinking I’m not good enough ect. Not sure if you read my blog post a while back, but I recently quit my corporate job that I been at for 8 years to Dj full-time (scary!!). The last thing I need right now is to start filling my head with negative thoughts. So I thought I would start sharing the things that keeps me motivated everyday on my blog starting with this book review.
What I love about these books is that they’re small and super easy to read AND there’s pictures too woohoo, but the information he gives in these books are straight to the point which I love!
In this book he writes about how to be creative and stresses that nothing is “original” every creative person gets their inspiration aka what he calls stealing from someone. I like how he shows you a formula on how to come up with something creative. This is good info especially if you’re at a road block on trying to come up with a new project. Here’s some notes I took while reading the book:
- Study the people you look up too and find three people that they admire. Then study them too!
- Just show up and create the rest will come later
- Start copying things you love as practice. (example:Painters learn to paint by reproducing master pieces)
- Don’t just steal from one of your hero’s, you steal from all of them aka have multiple “inspirations” not just one.
- Make music that you would want to listen too (As a Dj this really made sense. I mean how can you expect other people to love the music you make or play when you don’t even like it)
In this book he really breaks down on how to show your work online via social media/blogs.I think this is a great book for Dj’s or anybody that’s in the creative field who wants to really get their work noticed online. This book is especially good for all you people who want to start blogs or already have one, but don’t know what the hell to write (Like me!)
Here are some key points I wrote down while reading this book:
- Share what you love and the people who love the same thing will find you
- Talk about the things you love
- Share your process (ex. influences and inspirations)
- Start a work journal and write your thoughts down
- Share something everyday
- When posting on social media before you hit the submit button. Ask yourself.. “So What”, “Is this helpful or entertaining?”
- Post quality and interesting things.. not your lunch/dinner or your latte.
- Tell story’s behind your work
- Share what you know
Here’s some questions he listed to ask yourself when trying to think of something to write in your blog:
- Where do you get your inspiration?
- What sort of things do you fill your head with?
- What do you read?
- Do you subscribe to anything?
- What sites do you visit?
- What music do you listen too?
- What movies do you see?
- What’s inside your scrapbook?
- What do you pin on your corkboard above your desk?
- Who’s done work that you really admire?
- Do you have any hero’s?
Hope this helped you out 🙂
If you have any suggestions on books, blogs, websites, ect that I should watch please let me know in the comments below (hey that rhymes!) I would love to hear about it.