Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

I really enjoyed this book.  It gave a great perspective on the inner genius.  How some of us may think someone was born: gifted or talented. But, doesn't account for the reasoning behind their talents or gifts.  Great concept on "ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness."  

Study of Pose: 1,000 Poses by Coco Rocha

This book is us e as my croquis.  It's a great resource for illustrator who want to challenge themselves with more movement instead of stickish, robotic looks.

Craft, Inc. Revised Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Creative Hobby into a Successful Business By Meg Mateo Ilasco 

I've read this back in 2008 when I was discovering that my illustration could be taken as more of a business then just a hobby.  Great information and she offers great step by step guide to writing a business plan and tax "stuff".  

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

You know that Eat, Pray, Love lady? Same author but in Big Magic she writes on having an honest conversation with the process of creativity.  Fear can kill dreams and how everyone's going to have to face fear in order to live our best lives. Otherwise we miss out.  Great read.

Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist by Lisa Congdon

This book DE-dunks the myth of the "Starving Artist".  There's no such thing.  Smart artists can make a very comfortable living.   Lisa illustrates this very well with this essential guide.   Changed out of her 9-5 and is living her truth as an illustrator.  Great read!

Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines (Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines)

This is the freelance bible when you trying to find the best way to deal with major deals....publishers, a private interior film for a television show.  Get paid what you are worth.  

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The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod

This book changed my life.  Literally.  I wouldn't have not been able to accomplish this very website, run my e-shops, blogs nothing without this book.  You think there's not enough time in the day but there's something about about the Miracle Mornging hours that I accomplish so much in my creative business and I am workind a day job.  Recommended read for all  budding entreprenuers. 

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

By the great Shondaland herself.  I've listened to through audible in which Ms. Shonda narrates herself which was so good.  I didn't realize who relateable she was when it comes to her introvertness.   It's a great book and I throughly enjoyed her way of navigating through breaking out and enjoying events and other things that she would normally feel uncomfortableness and fully embrace the 'Yes'. 

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself <----this is Austin Kleon.  I love this book 10 things nobody told you about being creative is a great read for those who may feel anxiety about putting there creative selves out there.  His follow up book Show your Work is also a great one. 

Etsy-preneurship: Everything You Need to Know to Turn Your Handmade Hobby into a Thriving Business by Jason Malinak

Those of you are looking to open an etsy shop. Start with book first!  Etsy has evolved over the years since this book came out but this is a great foundation book to get started with.  

Outliers: The Story of Success
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Eat, Pray, Love
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
The Millionaire Next Door
Money, A Love Story: Untangling Your Finances, Creating the Life You Really Want, and Living Your Purpose
The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms
As a Man Thinketh
Florence Scovel Shinn - The Collection: The Game of Life and How to Play It, the Secret Door to Success, the Power of the Spoken Word, Your Word Is Your Wand
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time


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