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Make Your Creativity Pay: How to Earn Your Living from the Things You Love to Do
Make Your Creativity Pay: How to Earn Your Living from the Things You Love to Do
by Pete Mosley
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for every dreamer's bookshelf, 1 Dec. 2011
If you've ever dreamed of ditching the 9-5 for a more creative and fulfilling life, then you need to read this. Pete writes as a creative himself - and those many years of experience make all the difference compared to other 'How to' books. Because he's been there and got several tee-shirts, he writes in a direct, clear style and pulls no punches: "Creativity, skills and talent alone will not guarantee the success you crave." This clear-eyed stuff makes you ask yourself all the difficult questions that are so easy to avoid in your pipe-dreams.

Pete helps you stand back and take a realistic view of whether you've got what it takes to make your creativity pay. At the end of it, you'll know yourself, what motivates you and to what extent you're prepared to compromise to get your particular creative work out into the market.

From a personal perspective, I read the book at just the right time. Turning a love of drawing into working as a paid illustrator had always been a 'some day' dream. Pete's sound advice has helped to turn the dream into a reality.


Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork Start the Work That Matters
Do More Great Work: Stop the Busywork Start the Work That Matters
by Michael Bungay Stanier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for career coaches, 30 Aug. 2010
I read this short book over a weekend. The exercises and questions are apparently simple, but they're the kind of questions that those wishing to find meaning, balance and creativity in their work often overlook.

Getting really clear about what matters, what your unique skills are and how you can marry the two in the work that you do is not easy on your own. Actually filling in the various 'maps' in this book (rather than just looking at them before you read on) is great for enhancing your self-awareness. Armed with that knowledge, you'll be in a much more focused frame of mind to take the next steps to make your particular 'mission' in life a reality.

I'll definitely be recommending this to my coaching clients.


The New Rules of Business: Leading Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Secrets for Success (Harriman Business Essentials)
The New Rules of Business: Leading Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Secrets for Success (Harriman Business Essentials)
by Dan Matthews
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest look at what it takes to succeed in business, 19 Aug. 2010
Having spent half my working life in Corporate Land and the other half being my own boss, I found Dan Matthews' book a fascinating read. What I particularly liked was the message that 'overnight success' rarely happens. If it does, it can easily be followed by 'overnight disaster', which has certainly been the case for many of the big name entrepreneurs interviewed for this book. In the age of the internet and advanced telecomms, almost anyone can start up a business. This book sets out to analyse what marks out the long-term winners.

There's a mix of household names (such as Peter Jones and James Caan of Dragons' Den fame)and lesser known entrepreneurs such as Jennifer Irvine (who has built up her nutrious food company 'The Pure Package' literally from her kitchen table). In the first half of the book, they tell their individual stories of the often winding path to success. In the second half, Matthews pulls together the advice or 'rules' they would pass on to others.

For me (as a coaching psychologist)two major personality traits emerged: firstly, the astonishing resilience necessary to bounce back from mistakes, and secondly, the knack of spotting an opportunity and taking action. That willingness to take (calculated) risks separates the pipe-dreamers from the entrepreneurs.

Engagingly written, the short sections are great to dip into, and very inspiring to those who loathe the nine-to-five.


Screw Work, Let's Play: How to Do What You Love and Get Paid for it
Screw Work, Let's Play: How to Do What You Love and Get Paid for it
by John Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

20 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical AND inspirational guide to taking control of your career, 20 Jun. 2010
After coming across John Williams on Twitter and following him for a while, I bought the book - proving that John actually 'walks his talk' and knows how to market his message!

As a career coaching psychologist, I'm always looking for book recommendations for my clients. This one hits the mark for those who are currently treading water in their job or own business. If you are looking for work that really inspires you, plays to your strengths and seems like too much fun to be a job, then this is a recommended read. By breaking down the 'big idea' into smaller, manageable and testable steps, the 'player' builds both confidence and contacts, and the idea is allowed to evolve.

What makes this book stand out is the mix of inspiration (if you don't contribute your unique mix of gifts to the world, no-one else can) and up-to-the-minute advice on practical ways to become visible - blogging, Twitter,self-publishing etc.

If you're longing to break out of the 9-5 but can't see the way forward, this is definitely worth a look.
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