Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives

Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives

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 wisdo Insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else), from the popular author of 1 Page at a Time and P...

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Title:Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives
Author:Adam J. Kurtz
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0143131516
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:144 pages pages

Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives Reviews

  • Rebecca
    Jan 04, 2018
    2018 Read Harder Challenge: A one-sitting book. I get so much out of reminders like these. And although I still look askance at the word "creative" used as a noun, a lot of this advice really spoke to me, especially "be more of your own best" and "maybe try trying." I really liked the ...
  • Marianne
    Aug 09, 2017
    (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. ...
  • Laura
    Nov 17, 2017
    Awesome guide book and pep talk for people trying to make a living as an artist or working on a side hustle or pursuing any kind of art. I loved the format: each section ordered in a neat list with a brief but punchy blurb on each page. Pithy but powerful. As an object, the book is...
  • Maria
    Jan 18, 2018
    "Sometimes, some of us, maybe, possibly, talk about doing things & then don't do them. Hold yourself accountable for your fresh start. Don't let planning the thing trick your brain into thinking you've done it." There are lessons we've known by heart for years and end up forgett...
  • Dani
    May 25, 2017
    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'l...
  • Laura
    Dec 14, 2017
    I am not a big fan of self-help books with their rose-colored quotes and shallow advice, but I like this little book of "Life Advice for Creatives" with its stiff little pages and pops of color. It is stylish, looks simple at the surface but offers a clear-eyed view of the ups and down...
  • Eline
    Feb 12, 2018
    After Adam's appearance on Debbie Milman's podcast (Design Matters, really awesome podcast, give it a listen ;) ) I was really looking forward to reading this book and consuming all the wisdom in it. I couldn't help but feel a bit underwhelmed by this book. All the pieces are so short ...
  • Mary
    Mar 27, 2018
    I wanted to love this book but it didn?t provide any new insights or nuggets of wisdom (for me). I wouldn?t discourage anyone from readying it as it?s a rather sweet, quick read, I just wish the author dug a bit deeper. He would make a point and then jump to the next topic barely...
  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
    Oct 04, 2017
    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-f...
  • Vitor Martins
    Dec 14, 2017
    Adam J K é um dos meus artistas favoritos e eu provavelmente sempre vou amar qualquer coisa que ele fizer. Eu sou apaixonado pelas suas cores, seu traço e sua visão de ver o mundo. Esse aqui é meio que um livro de auto-ajuda para pessoas criativas, todo em forma de notas escrita...
  • Mugren Ohaly
    Oct 16, 2017
    Creativity ?self-help? books are the new poetry anthology, everyone is writing one and they?re almost all the same regurgitated crap. Plus, the author gave his own book a 5-star review and obviously thinks way too highly of himself. ...
  • Nicole
    Jul 16, 2018
    It's difficult to put a star rating on this book. Because it's incredibly simple and it has good stuff... just nothing I hadn't heard before in different ways and there really wasn't any thing that made me have an "ah ha" moment. Overall it was pretty average. I will say as a slight...
  • Emma Sea
    Jan 27, 2018
    very very short. these were probably more awesome in their original blog form than as a book ...
  • Todd Skaggs
    Jan 18, 2018
    Very quick read. You can read it in a sitting or contemplate each morsel. The beauty is that the information is not new to creatives, but it helps to be reminded how great tapping into that creativity can be. This will be a permanent fixture in my writing bag for those times when qu...
  • Diana Band
    Oct 09, 2017
    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 f...
  • Hestia Istiviani
    Jun 16, 2018
    I read in English but this review is written in Bahasa Indonesia Masih dalam program pengembangan diri (individual development program) bersama dengan rekanku, aku masih mencoba mencari-cari bacaan yang sekiranya bisa membantuku untuk menjabarkan apa sih kemampuan yang bisa aku kemb...
  • Frances Thompson
    Dec 05, 2017
    Wanted to love it but found it a bit underwhelming with nothing startling or new (as a freelance creative writer for 6+ years), but it was easy to read and will look forward to passing on to someone new to the game! ...
  • Chloe
    Jun 03, 2018
    This collection was absolutely LOVELY. I've been having a hard time recently, both creatively and personally. I feel like what I've been creating (which, in my case, is music) has just been sub-par to everything else. I've been feeling uninspired and like everything's been done before...
  • Mallika Mahidhar
    Jun 12, 2018
    Simple and effective. ...
  • Becky
    Oct 16, 2017
    Good life advice for any humans doing anything! ...
  • Beatriz Andrea Fernandez
    Oct 10, 2017
    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 fairne...
  • Britten Thompson
    Oct 26, 2017
    A good book to have in your collection as a reminder and motivation aid, but there is nothing ground breaking or profound here. ...
  • Adam
    Sep 19, 2017
    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 ...
  • Kaylea Stoeltzing
    Jan 20, 2018
    For the exhausted full-time employee and full-time passionate. I was in love with this quick and witty read. After a year slump with my art I'm fjnally getting back into the swing of things but in the process, juggling a full-time day job (with a lot of extra overtime). I admit some...
  • Lorelei
    May 04, 2018
    I adore this book. I've been a long-time fan of this author on social media, but this is the first book of his I've been able to pick up. There's a few things that I appreciate about it, especially in comparison to similar things I've read. First off, it's short. You can probably si...
  • Kaela
    Jun 11, 2018
    3.5 / 5 stars This book isn?t the type to finish in one sitting (basically why it took me ages to finish this tiny read). As someone who is into self-help books, I didn?t gain any new information from reading this. However, I felt it?s a book for us creative people to pick ...
  • Nikita Gomes
    May 13, 2018
    It took me more than 1 sitting to read this book because I wanted to SAVOUR IT.... ...
  • Alexis Johnson
    Nov 13, 2017
    This one didn't quite resonate with me as much as Austin Kleon's similar books, but I definitely recommend it as a quick and energizing pep talk for creatives who feel stuck. It'll get the wheels moving again. :-) ...
  • Julie
    Jun 26, 2018
    Inspiration for days! Adam provides real tips and action steps to easily insert into daily life. Seems lighthearted on the surface, although as the book progresses, you realize the subject matter is much deeper than it may appear, (in a good way). :) Also love the neat tear-out pages f...
  • Kelsey Porteous
    Mar 01, 2018
    I feel UPLIFTED DAMNNN ...