10 Game-Changing Books for Creatives


We've been compiling a list of game-changing books that have significantly changed our lives as creatives, as entrepreneurs and as creative entrepreneurs. Here are the top 10 in no particular order. What's on your list?

The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer

None of us know or even like Amanda's musical performance, but my goodness, did this book strike a chord with so many of us! You can listen to the long discussion on The Juice Cast here, but the short version is this: If you have a difficult time taking your art work seriously, read this book. If you need to understand how to connect with your audience, read this book. If you need a reminder about why you must create, read this book. Read this book.

Think And Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill

We know, the title sounds embarrassingly self-helpish, but you must overcome your reluctance! Originally published in the 1930's, the author diligently studied various multi-millionaires and was able to articulate their special successful sauce. This book will change your relationship with money and get you on the path to financial success.

The Artists Way, Julia Cameron

Need to rediscover and honor your inner creative soul? By recognizing that your creative dreams come from a divine source, The Artist's Way cultivates the ability to listen, respect and move forward with those inner creative dreams.

The War of Art, Steven Pressfield

"Break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles". This book will encourage you to find your resistance and...resist it.

Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad, the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, tells the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads—his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad—and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.

4 Hour Work Week, Timothy Ferriss

Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

Millionaire Fastland, MJ DeMarco

Drive the Slowlane road and you will find your life deteriorate into a miserable exhibition about what you cannot do, versus what you can. For those who don't want a lifetime subscription to "settle-for-less" and a slight chance of elderly riches, there is an alternative; an expressway to extraordinary wealth that can burn a trail to financial independence faster than any road out there.

E-Myth Revisited, Michael E. Gerber

Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed.

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

The astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read.

Getting Things Done, David Allen

“GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.

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