Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives by Adam J. Kurtz

Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives

Insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else), from the popular author of 1 Page at a Time and Pick Me Up From the creative mind and heart of Adam J. Kurtz comes this quirky, upbeat rallying cry for creators of all stripes. Expanding on a series of popular guides he's created for Design*Sponge, this handwritten and heartfelt little book shares wisdo...

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  • Dani

    I'm a fan of pretty much everything Adam does, so I'll admit that I went into this expecting I'd like it, but it was even better than I expected. As he always does, Adam provides the perfect mix of wit and inspiration. If you're a creative person (or just a person in general...), you'll wanna read this book!

  • Marianne

    (ARC from publisher)

    I found the advice mostly obvious, and the voice a bit too jargon-y/commercial-art-y for my tastes. YMMV. But since what I want from self-help-y books is novel insight and/or eloquent prose, I wasn't thrilled with this one.

  • Adam

    i wrote this book i think it is very nice i like that the author doesn't try to act like he's the expert or better than anybody else, he's just really honest about what life is like for people who try to make things. <3 also he seems very handsome and tall <3

  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    This book is just what I needed because I realized a while ago that I was becoming a negative person overcome by all the bad things happening around me and in the world. It was hard to see the goodness day-to-day and I did not like the person I was becoming. I have been practicing re-framing and my life is looking a whole lot more positive. This book was the perfect companion to my new outlook on life. I loved it cover to cover and have reread it several times, took notes and shared it with thos

    This book is just what I needed because I realized a while ago that I was becoming a negative person overcome by all the bad things happening around me and in the world. It was hard to see the goodness day-to-day and I did not like the person I was becoming. I have been practicing re-framing and my life is looking a whole lot more positive. This book was the perfect companion to my new outlook on life. I loved it cover to cover and have reread it several times, took notes and shared it with those hold most dear. This is a must to kick start a more positive outlook on life and will certainly make your days so much better! LOVED THIS BOOK!

  • Beatriz Andrea Fernandez

    I have been a fan of Adam J Kurtz's work since "1 Page at A Time" and I have been a fan of his column for a while. This book came while I was struggling with my own creative endeavors, and I purchased it in the desperate hope that it would alleviate my worries. It didn't. But it fairness to it and Mr. Kurtz, that's a lot of ask of any book. It doesn't discount the fact that the advice it contains is solid, realistic, and good. Kurtz's optimism and and warmth are also hugely apparent and cushion

    I have been a fan of Adam J Kurtz's work since "1 Page at A Time" and I have been a fan of his column for a while. This book came while I was struggling with my own creative endeavors, and I purchased it in the desperate hope that it would alleviate my worries. It didn't. But it fairness to it and Mr. Kurtz, that's a lot of ask of any book. It doesn't discount the fact that the advice it contains is solid, realistic, and good. Kurtz's optimism and and warmth are also hugely apparent and cushion any harsh realities he drops. I would have liked more expansion on some of his ideas though.

  • Becky

    Good life advice for any humans doing anything!

  • Alexis Johnson

    This one didn't quite resonate with me as much as Austin Kleon's similar books, but I definitely recommend it as a quick and energizing pep talk for creatives who feel stuck. It'll get the wheels moving again. :-)

  • Vitor Martins

    Adam J K é um dos meus artistas favoritos e eu provavelmente sempre vou amar qualquer coisa que ele fizer. Eu sou apaixonado pelas suas cores, seu traço e sua visão de ver o mundo.

    Esse aqui é meio que um livro de auto-ajuda para pessoas criativas, todo em forma de notas escritas a mão pelo próprio Adam. Ele toca em muitos temas relevantes para qualquer pessoa que quer começar ou já trabalha com arte no geral. Planejamento de um novo projeto, como trabalhar em casa, como se encorajar em dias difí

    Adam J K é um dos meus artistas favoritos e eu provavelmente sempre vou amar qualquer coisa que ele fizer. Eu sou apaixonado pelas suas cores, seu traço e sua visão de ver o mundo.

    Esse aqui é meio que um livro de auto-ajuda para pessoas criativas, todo em forma de notas escritas a mão pelo próprio Adam. Ele toca em muitos temas relevantes para qualquer pessoa que quer começar ou já trabalha com arte no geral. Planejamento de um novo projeto, como trabalhar em casa, como se encorajar em dias difíceis, como lidar com feedback das pessoas, como saber a hora de abandonar um projeto e partir para outro.

    Alguns conselhos do livro são bem óbvios mas é aquele tipo de óbvio que fica muito mais claro quando alguém conta para você, sabe? É um livro lindo de ver (ele é todo colorido) e foi extremamente inspirador para mim. As páginas são como cards destacáveis, e eu vou deixar aqui o melhor conselho que eu destaquei e colei na minha parede para não esquecer.

  • Laura

    I am not a big fan of self-help books with their rose-colored quotes and shallow advice, but I like this little book of "Life Advice for Creatives" with its stiff little pages and pops of color. It is stylish, looks simple at the surface but offers a clear-eyed view of the ups and downs, challenges and opportunities creatives all face. I know one friend that will be getting this in their Christmas stocking.

  • Rebecca

    I get so much out of reminders like these. And although I still look askance at the word "creative" used as a noun, a lot of this advice really spoke to me, especially "be more of your own best" and "maybe try trying." I really liked the Acknowledgments, the "Working with Friends & Family" section, and of course, the colorful design. Consider this a great little gift book. The pages are even perforated so you can put your favorites in a visible place.

    You may know Adam J. Kurtz from Design Sp

    I get so much out of reminders like these. And although I still look askance at the word "creative" used as a noun, a lot of this advice really spoke to me, especially "be more of your own best" and "maybe try trying." I really liked the Acknowledgments, the "Working with Friends & Family" section, and of course, the colorful design. Consider this a great little gift book. The pages are even perforated so you can put your favorites in a visible place.

    You may know Adam J. Kurtz from Design Sponge:

    Favorite quotes:

    “Umm, failure is totally an option. It’s actually one of two main options in most scenarios. Instead of lying to yourself about the possibilities, choose instead to brace yourself for any outcome & be ready to learn from the experience. Your creative life is a journey and every step is moving you forward.”

    “Being genuinely kind is not a sign of weakness.”

    “I Can’t Do This: This might be the most basic of all fears? Also the easiest to conquer. How do you know you can’t do it if you haven’t actually, fully tried? You can’t win a race you don’t run & it’s not really running if you didn’t train beforehand. Maybe try trying.”

    “Rip Out Your Eyeballs!!!: If all else fails, stop looking! Take a break from obsessively checking follower counts and client rosters. Look inward instead. What are you working on now? New business? Personal projects? Everyone shares their best self. Be more of your own best.”

    “Create & Meet Goals: Having something positive to look forward to is important. We no longer have the structure of childhood to keep us motivated & subsequently rewarded. So set goals for yourself, big or small. Then meet them. Then set new ones & keep on going (forever).”

    “Remember that when your power is specifically rooted in communication, your silence speaks volumes.”

    “What can you offer that you don’t see represented?”

    “Be Accountable: …Don’t let planning the thing trick your brain into thinking you’ve done it. Try trying??”

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