I read a lot of books each year on productivity and entrepreneurship but I can firmly say that the book Show Your Work by Austin Kleon is the best read for those starting out in business. The premise behind the book is simple – whatever you are doing, do it in public and show what you are doing.
Kleon argues that by sharing your creative process you can:
(a) document the progress for a future you or a reader;
(b) highlight the challenges and solutions which may resonate with an audience;
(c) create an audience who can help you achieve your goals, or just allow you to meet cool and interesting people;
(d) create a little space on the vast internet that is yours, yours to own and do whatever you want with. Maybe you can turn it into an online CV or portfolio for future applications. I think that is very powerful
To be perfectly honest, I have always been hesitant to show what I am working on because “no one will find it interesting” and “no one will care about the progress, only the outcome” but this book convinced me otherwise. By constantly reflecting on your progress through an open forum and inviting other people to contribute to the discussion you can accelerate your learning. So that is what I have decided to do. As Kleon puts so eloquently:
“by letting go of our egos and sharing our process, we allow for the possibility of people having an ongoing connection with us and our work, which helps us move more of our product”
Below are some of my favourite quotes from the book:
📚 “don’t show your lunch or your latte; show your work”
📚 “SO WHAT?” “ask yourself that every time you turn in a piece of writing”
📚 “A blog is the ideal machine for turning flow into stock: one little blog post is nothing on its own, but publish a thousand blog posts over a decade, and it turns into your life’s work”
📚 “What can you tell the world about how you operate that’s informative, educational, and promotional?”
📚 “The minute you learn something, turn around and teach it to others”
📚 “just do the work in front of you”
So readers, this website is my attempt to show my work. Hopefully you find it interesting and valuable enough to stick around. Get in touch about the things you are currently working on because I would love to see your work.