Book Summary: Show Your Work

How do I get my stuff out there? How do I get noticed? How do I find an audience?

1. Find A Scenius

2. Be An Amateur

In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, In the expert’s mind, there are few.

3. You Can’t Find Your Voice If You Don’t Use It

Find your voice, shout it from the rooftops, and keep doing it until the people that are looking for you find you.

~ Dan Harmon

4. Read Obituaries

Think about the legacy you wanna leave behind.

1. Take People Behind The Scenes

A lot of people are so used to just seeing the outcome of work. They never see the side of the work you go through to produce the outcome. ~ Michael Jackson

2. Become A Documentarian Of What You Do

1. Send Out A Daily Dispatch

2. The “So What” Test?

3. Turn Your Flow Into Stock

4. Build A Good (Domain) Name

1. Don’t Be A Hoarder

Artists collect selectively, while Hoarders collect indiscriminately.

2. No Guilty Pleasures

I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you f — -ing like something, like it. ~ Dave Grohl

3. Credit Is Always Due

1. Work Doesn’t Speak For Itself

2. Structure Is Everything

3. Talk About Yourself At Parties

1. Share Your Trade Secrets

The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes. ~ Annie Dillard

1. Shut Up And Listen

2. You Want Hearts Not Eyeballs

3. Meetup In MeatSpace

1. Let’em Take Their Best Shot

1. Even The Renaissance Had To Be Funded

2. Keep A Mailing List

3. Make More Work For Yourself

4. Pay It Forward.

1. Don’t Quit Your Show

2. Chain-Smoke

3. Go Away So You Can Come Back

4. Begin Again

  • All the illustrations have been directly taken from the book.




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