A survival manual for ambitious artists entrepreneurs ADVENTURERS You have a Hydra: a grand, ambitious project you’ve always wanted to tackle. It feels overwhelming, unconquerable. Chop off one of a Hydra’s heads, and two more grow in its place. How will you ever defeat such a terrifying monstrosity – and live to tell the tale? In this illuminating fable, productivity expert Josh Kaufman explores the uncertainty and fear inherent in facing down any ambitious challenge, from starting a new business to completing a work of art. The risks involved can never be eliminated, but they can be understood, anticipated, and mitigated. Armed with an adventurer's insights into tackling unknown and fearsome challenges, you can tame a project of epic proportions. How to Fight a Hydra is an essential handbook for artists, creative professionals, and entrepreneurs tired of ignoring the call to adventure. So prepare for battle, brave soul. Draw your sword. Light your torch. In the darkness ahead, your Hydra awaits.
How to Fight a Hydra Review
- January 1, 1970VenkatInteresting ReadWhile reading I felt the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita in some places, in the end author mentioned it.It's a wake up call for those who are afraid of performing their duty, thinking about result even before starting
- January 1, 1970Santino MaguireA short and sweet book about the adventurer's lifestyle---about facing your fears and accomplishing great things. I read it in about half an hour, and it lands at exactly the right length. Invaluable advice for taking risks and achieving greatness.
- January 1, 1970KyleShort and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day.What it's aboutThe core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roughly 1 hour. The sound effects and silences added to the atmosphere of the performance.) The story did a great job in turning the amorphous fear of a big undertaking into something as concrete as hunting a hydra.How it work Short and sweet. I have the Kindle copy but listened to the whole thing on Audible (around 1 hour and 30 minutes) during several commutes in one day.What it's aboutThe core part of the story is the main character's pursuit of the hydra. (The audiobook narrated that part in roughly 1 hour. The sound effects and silences added to the atmosphere of the performance.) The story did a great job in turning the amorphous fear of a big undertaking into something as concrete as hunting a hydra.How it works During crisis and hardship, a list of insights and to-dos in a non-fiction essay is easy to forget. However, because the insights (on facing our fears & pursuing our ambitions) are bundled with a concrete story, it feels almost like lived experience.In our own moments of doubt, we can remember the adventurer's decisions. In our own moments of fear, we can remember the adventurer's determination.The author got insights from behavioral psychology, military doctrine, and other fields to substantiate the adventurer's insights. After my second reading, I realize how deep and effective these insights are. In the Author's Commentary, he explains the sources of these insights.Applying what was learnedAs I face the big writing project I will undertake during NaNoWriMo, my fears are no longer nameless and limitless.With the image of the hydra, I know that even though there are 9 or more heads, this freaking hydra will eventually run out of them. By changing the metaphor, I can suddenly use strategies and tactics from battle.Rather than acting like a deer staring at the headlights of nameless fear,I can face this daunting task like a warrior facing a hydra for the nth time.more
- January 1, 1970CristobalA short but a gem of a book. Right up there with other inspirational classics such as "As a Man Thinketh" or "The Richest Man in Babylon." It may seem as a simple book at first glance, but there is a lot to absorb and does warrant many rereads.
- January 1, 1970Eric BarnesIt’s a short book that I read in about an hour but the premise was fantastic. I love having the setting as a medieval warrior going to battle that teaches you about entrepreneurship.
- January 1, 1970PriyaIt is a short book but I think it's the exact right length. It kept my interest throughout and gave me some inspiration to finally start a project I have been preparing for *wink wink* for ages.
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