Let me start by saying that this book inspired me to create the offline book sharing platform BoocShare.com. You probably haven’t heard of this quick read about creativity that you are about to discover. You can thank me later.
Have you ever wondered if people who write books or build businesses are more intelligent or talented than the rest of us? The truth is that they are not. They say so themselves. Steve Jobs, one of the most successful people of our times said, “Everything around you was created by people who were no smarter than you.”
They only differ from us in that they keep showing up and never stop creating. They focus and keep working towards their goals. Theron Q. Dumont calls it the power of concentration in his book by the same title, “The Power of Concentration”.
I recently read the awesome book “Create or Hate: Successful People Make Things” by Dan Norris. The author says you and I can be as creative as the guy who is building a billion dollar company or writing a book that everybody wants to read. And I believe him.
Dan Norris argues that to be a writer, one just needs to write. A simple concept, but not understood by many, including yours truly. We want to attend writing courses, get a diploma and then wait to be “chosen” by the gate-keepers and be told that we are ready to write a book. Dan Norris also makes the point that there is nothing special about published authors because they all started as amateurs. And he probably knows what he is talking about as he has written a number of books and created successful businesses.
We all start as amateurs
As Richard Bach said, “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” The same principle applies to all types of professions. Without focusing and persisting its hard to achieve success. David Icke also said, “Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut, that held its ground.” If you start writing today, who knows, you could become one of the greatest authors in the future. The trick is to start creating. As Dan Norris said in the book, “successful people make things.”
The quality of the book took me by surprise. I didn’t expect that much from a brand new book that had just been published. A book I discovered by accident as I hadn’t heard of it. Believe me, I have read lots of books about creativity. There are more on my future reading list. So I know a thing or two about what’s good and what’s not on the book market. Fortunately, I didn’t judge “Create or Hate – Successful people make things” by its cover or age and I was not disappointed.
It’s a short book, but it took me some time to finish reading it. That’s because I kept coming up with new ideas as I was reading. If you have done any writing you probably know how it is with ideas. If you don’t write them down, they tend to disappear just as fast as they appear. So as soon as some sentences, paragraphs or pages sparked a new idea I had to note it. If it was a writing idea sometimes I would write thousands of words before continuing reading in search of more inspiration. As I mentioned earlier, one of the ideas that is a result of inspiration from this book is a platform for sharing books offline that you can check out at www.BoocShare.com.
“Create or Hate – Successful People Make Things” is packed with words and quotes that inspire. If you are looking for a book that will make the creative juices start flowing abundantly then I highly recommend it. I rate it as one of the best books that I read in 2016.
Never stop creating
If you are worried whether you have what it takes to be creative, here is a quote from the book to get you going. Professor David Sutton said, “Creativity isn’t about wild talent as much as it’s about productivity. To find a few ideas that work, you need to try a lot that don’t. It’s a pure numbers game.“
Remember that successful people make things. This is something I didn’t realise that clearly until I read the book. Get the book and be inspired to start creating. Create more and consume less. Your success and the inspiration you have been waiting for might be only a book away.