Things Are What You Make of Them
Insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else), from the popular author of 1 Page at a Time and Pick Me Up From the creative mind and heart of Adam J. Kurtz comes this quirky, upbeat rallying cry for creators of all stripes. Expanding on a series of popular guides he's created for Design*Sponge, this handwritten and heartfelt little book shares wisdom and empathy from one working artist to others. The advice is organized by topic, including: (How to) Get Over Comparing Yourself to Other CreativesSeeking & Accepting Help from OthersHow to Get Over Common Creative Fears (Maybe)How to Be Happy (or Just Happier) As wry and cheeky as it is empathic and empowering, this deceptively simple, vibrantly full-color book will be a touchstone for writers, illustrators, designers, and anyone else who wants to be more creative--even when it would be easier to give up act normal.

Things Are What You Make of Them Details

TitleThings Are What You Make of Them
Author
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherTarcherperigee
ISBN-139780143131519
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Language, Writing, Business

Things Are What You Make of Them Review

  • Adam
    January 1, 1970
    i wrote this book i think it is very nice i like that the author doesn't try to act like he's the expert or better than anybody else, he's just really honest about what life is like for people who try to make things. <3 also he seems very handsome and tall <3
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  • Dani
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a fan of pretty much everything Adam does, so I'll admit that I went into this expecting I'd like it, but it was even better than I expected. As he always does, Adam provides the perfect mix of wit and inspiration. If you're a creative person (or just a person in general...), you'll wanna read this book!
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  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
    January 1, 1970
    This book is just what I needed because I realized a while ago that I was becoming a negative person overcome by all the bad things happening around me and in the world. It was hard to see the goodness day-to-day and I did not like the person I was becoming. I have been practicing re-framing and my life is looking a whole lot more positive. This book was the perfect companion to my new outlook on life. I loved it cover to cover and have reread it several times, took notes and shared it with thos This book is just what I needed because I realized a while ago that I was becoming a negative person overcome by all the bad things happening around me and in the world. It was hard to see the goodness day-to-day and I did not like the person I was becoming. I have been practicing re-framing and my life is looking a whole lot more positive. This book was the perfect companion to my new outlook on life. I loved it cover to cover and have reread it several times, took notes and shared it with those hold most dear. This is a must to kick start a more positive outlook on life and will certainly make your days so much better! LOVED THIS BOOK!
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    (ARC from publisher)I found the advice mostly obvious, and the voice a bit too jargon-y/commercial-art-y for my tastes. YMMV. But since what I want from self-help-y books is novel insight and/or eloquent prose, I wasn't thrilled with this one.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Good life advice for any humans doing anything!
  • Diana Band
    January 1, 1970
    Read this for work, but was happy to do it, for selfish reasons. As a creative professional, it's nice to get some advice geared specifically towards the challenges of the lifestyle. There's some good bits of wisdom about getting out of your own head and your own way, and a I think a fair amount of it applies to life in general--even if you don't think of yourself as a creative person. This is a super quick read--it took me maybe an hour to get through--so if you're looking for a little pep talk Read this for work, but was happy to do it, for selfish reasons. As a creative professional, it's nice to get some advice geared specifically towards the challenges of the lifestyle. There's some good bits of wisdom about getting out of your own head and your own way, and a I think a fair amount of it applies to life in general--even if you don't think of yourself as a creative person. This is a super quick read--it took me maybe an hour to get through--so if you're looking for a little pep talk, this is a great book to start with.
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  • Beatriz Andrea Fernandez
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Adam J Kurtz's work since "1 Page at A Time" and I have been a fan of his column for a while. This book came while I was struggling with my own creative endeavors, and I purchased it in the desperate hope that it would alleviate my worries. It didn't. But it fairness to it and Mr. Kurtz, that's a lot of ask of any book. It doesn't discount the fact that the advice it contains is solid, realistic, and good. Kurtz's optimism and and warmth are also hugely apparent and cushion I have been a fan of Adam J Kurtz's work since "1 Page at A Time" and I have been a fan of his column for a while. This book came while I was struggling with my own creative endeavors, and I purchased it in the desperate hope that it would alleviate my worries. It didn't. But it fairness to it and Mr. Kurtz, that's a lot of ask of any book. It doesn't discount the fact that the advice it contains is solid, realistic, and good. Kurtz's optimism and and warmth are also hugely apparent and cushion any harsh realities he drops. I would have liked more expansion on some of his ideas though.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Inspiring, motivational and the kick up the bum you need to get going!I bought 2 copies, one for myself and one to give my sister, as we are both unhappy in our jobs and long to make our passion projects our full time careers!
  • Mugren Ohaly
    January 1, 1970
    Creativity “self-help” books are the new poetry anthology, everyone is writing one and they’re almost all the the same regurgitated crap.Plus, the author gave his own book a 5-star review and obviously thinks way too highly of himself.
  • Britten Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    A good book to have in your collection as a reminder and motivation aid, but there is nothing ground breaking or profound here.
  • Sara Hall
    January 1, 1970
    Very right place, right time book for me. So qt and honestly helpful overall. Also shout out to that WFH chapter.👌🏼✨ 4.5!
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