Keep Working. Keep Playing. Keep Creating.
In his previous books Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work!, both New York Times bestsellers, Austin Kleon gave readers the keys to unlock their creativity and showed them how to become known. Now he offers his most inspiring work yet, with ten simple rules for how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself—for life.
The creative life is not a linear journey to a finish line, it’s a loop—so find a daily routine, because today is the only day that matters. Disconnect from the world to connect with yourself—sometimes you just have to switch into airplane mode. Keep Going celebrates getting outdoors and taking a walk (as director Ingmar Bergman told his daughter, ”The demons hate fresh air”). Pay attention, and especially pay attention to what you pay attention to. Worry less about getting things done, and more about the worth of what you’re doing. Instead of focusing on making your mark, work to leave things better than you found them.
Keep Going and its timeless, practical, and ethical principles are for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life.
I’ve enjoyed all of Austin Kleon’s writing from Steal Like an Artist to Show Your Work to his weekly newsletters…when coronavirus took over the planet, the only way I knew it was Friday was because of his newsletters. Like another reviewer said “highlight every sentence.” It’s true. I read this book partially for me and partially for my students. Teenagers especially need to hear the words “Keep Going” over and over. I highlighted every quote that I want to share with them…and then realized that I highlighted every sentence. Keep Stealing, Sharing, and Going.
Not any star less than five.
Every line must be highlighted. Every quote deserve tweet. Read it over summer and apply to your life once you back.
Austin is brilliant!
Austin is generous with his work, and insight. He’s one of my heroes; his advice has helped me so much! I pull any of his books at any time and I find something that helps me. The way he uses the Internet to share, to create, is just wonderful. Hope you get as much out of his work as I have!