Inspiration for your businesses and brands can come in many forms. Whether, like Steve Jobs, you move to Nainital and get your special idea. Or you sit on your couch, reading books for creative inspiration that change you life. It’s true, getting insights from people who’ve managed to see the world differently allows you to question your own stand. I’m listing my favorite books here which have allowed me to stay inspired, especially in moments of doubt. Tell me yours!
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Top 7 Books For Creative Inspiration
1. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Rene Brown’s a master at inspiring us to see within. Her book allows you to seek the vulnerabilities in your life and use them to your advantage. She also encourages you to create an atmosphere of transparency and vulnerability in your workplace for better, more sustainable leadership. In one way or the other, this book will inspire you to create something more out of your lives- at work or personally.
2. Year of Yes
Shonda Rhimes lets you in a journey to seek out a life where you say yes to everything. From playing with your children to giving a commencement speak, she’s asking you to give this social experiment a try. Saying yes allows us to get exposed to new experiences and experiment with newness. If this doesn’t make you more creative, few other things will! Although, remember, it’s not easy.
3. Born to Run
Christopher McDougall shares the story of the legendary Tarahumara Indians who are superlative runners. He traces the ideas and inspirations followed by the best runners in the world and the secrets of their success. This allows you to seek the success mantras and the basic joy for your own runs (whatever they may be), for all of us are indeed, born to run!
4. Start with Why
Simon Sinek is no stranger to the world of inspiration. From his inspirational TED talk to his amazing ability to make you notice more than you see, you’re in for a great doze of inspiration. The book pushes you to test your boundaries and get the ideas that inspire and make your thinking creative. If you’re struggling with coming up with thoughts that are out of the box, start with a why!
5. Bird by Bird
Every writer needs to read this amazing book by Anne Lamott. In her own words, Anne says,
“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.”
This is definitely a book that’ll send you soul-searching about ideas that deeply impact you as a person and a writer. Go slow and reach fast.
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6. Creative Confidence
Once in an interview, the CEO of the company I was applying to commented- everyone has an idea. This was a direct response to my assertion of being an idea person. Like many other CEOs, his communication style was that of this tech guru trying to shake my confidence by sharing something that sounded a bit unconventional. I heard it, but stood my ground. The fact is while it is true that we all have ideas, few of us have the courage to share them and work at them to create something new. Having an idea that you never share is as good as not having an idea at all. It’s important to have the ability to fail with your idea to stay creative. Tom and David Kelly show you why and allow you to learn how you can build your creative confidence.
7. The War of Art: break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles
Have you ever felt that you’re questioning the very basis of who you are. Am I really creative? Steven Pressfield allows you to dwell over these questions and think though your inner battles. In his own words,
“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
Watch how you hone your skills and the inspirations you take along, chances are your creative confidence will only grow! What are some of your recommendations for summer reading?
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