Show your work - 10 ways to share your creativity and get discovered


How much do I want to read more? 9/10

"A life changing book that got me started". This is from the latest person I heard praising this book on youtube.
And wow, that book speaks to me as a wanna be starter. All good points to have in mind when starting anything.
Find something you want to learn from scratch, and share your work in public.
That makes sense. I have many disagreement with how education works, but this is what school got right: students get streched by learning "in public" together versus staying at home and studying alone.


A new way of operating

Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.”
-— John Cleese

How do I get my stuff out there? How do I get noticed? How do I find an audience?
“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
You don’t really find an audience for your work; they find you. But it’s not enough to be good. In order to be found, you have to be findable.

Instead of wasting their time “networking,” they’re taking advantage of the network. By generously sharing their ideas and their knowledge, they often gain an audience that they can then leverage when they need it.

I’m going to try to teach you how to think about your work as a never-ending process, how to share your process in a way that attracts people who might be interested in what you do, and how to deal with the ups and downs of putting yourself and your work out in the world.
this book is about how to influence others by letting them steal from you.

Imagine if your next boss didn’t have to read your résumé because he already reads your blog.
Imagine spending the majority of your time, energy, and attention practicing a craft, learning a trade, or running a business, while also allowing for the possibility that your work might attract a group of people who share your interests.
All you have to do is show your work.


You don't have to be a genius

Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

An individual with superhuman talents appears out of nowhere. with a direct connection to God. When inspiration comes, it strikes like a lightning bolt.
If you believe in the lone genius myth, creativity is an antisocial act, performed by only a few great figures—mostly dead men with names like Mozart, Einstein, or Picasso.

There’s a healthier way of thinking about creativity.
great ideas are often birthed by a group of creative individuals. supporting each other, looking at each other’s work. good work isn’t created in a vacuum, and that creativity is always, in some sense, a collaboration, the result of a mind connected to other minds.
Being a valuable part of a scenius is not necessarily about how smart or talented you are, but about what you have to contribute. the quality of the connections you make.
We can stop asking what others can do for us, and start asking what we can do for others.

The Internet is basically a bunch of sceniuses connected together.
virtual scenes where people go to hang out and talk about the things they care about.
You don’t have to be rich, you don’t have to be famous.

Be an amateur

“That’s all any of us are: amateurs. We don’t live long enough to be anything else.”

-— Charlie Chaplin

today it is the amateur—the enthusiast who pursues her work in the spirit of love.
Because they have little to lose, amateurs are willing to try anything and share the results. They take chances, experiment, and follow their whims.
“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities,” said Zen monk Shunryu Suzuki. “In the expert’s mind, there are few.”

Amateurs are not afraid to make mistakes or look ridiculous in public.
The real gap is between doing nothing and doing something.”

“I saw the Sex Pistols,” “They were terrible. . . . I wanted to get up and be terrible with them.” Raw enthusiasm is contagious.
The world is changing at such a rapid rate that it’s turning us all into amateurs.
Even for professionals, the best way to flourish is to retain an amateur’s spirit and embrace uncertainty and the unknown.
When Radiohead was asked what he thought his greatest strength was, he answered, “That I don’t know what I’m doing.”

The best way to get started on the path to sharing your work is to think about what you want to learn, and make a commitment to learning it in front of others.
Find a scenius, pay attention to what others are sharing, and then start taking note of what they’re not sharing. Be on the lookout for voids that you can fill with your own efforts.
Share what you love, and the people who love the same things will find you.


You can't find your voice if you don't use it