Recommended Reading for Creatives
The Unique Team gathered a handful of our favorite books for creatives, entrepreneurial types and avid readers... These are not the actual book covers, these are custom-painted covers that Sonja Rasula created just for this project.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott
You can find plenty of books about the art of writing, but if you want to cut to the chase and read one of the best, try Bird by Bird. Anne Lamott is a treasured author, and you’ll see why once you dig into this. If her writing style could be summed up in a song, it would definitely be Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way”—and her way is a very good way to go.
The War of Art
by Steven Pressfield
If you’ve ever struggled with a creative block (so basically, all of us), you must read The War of Art. It’s a quick, practical guide to success in your creative endeavors. Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield talks about the “enemy” that every artist must face: the voice within that halts your work. If you’ve ever struggled with ambition and creative discipline, this book is the kick in the ass you need to get over your fears and get on with your most important work. Whether you’re a writer, painter, or tech entrepreneur, this is a worthwhile and inspirational read.
The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life
by Twyla Tharp
All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habit provides you with thirty-two practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career.
Steal Like an Artist
by Austin Kleon
A fabulous, quick 160-page read. You’ll even want to rip out the simple black and white animations throughout the book and hang them on the wall above your desk. When you read this book by author Austin Kleon, you’ll feel like you’re having a conversation with a good friend. The whole premise of this book is that the most important part of being an artist is being yourself. He also shares a hidden truth about creativity: nothing is truly original—and that’s more than okay.
Ingenius: A Crash Course on Creativity
by Tina Seeling
Imaginative. Innovative. Ingenious. These words describe the visionaries we all respect and admire. And they can describe you, too. Contrary to common belief, creativity is not a gift some of us are born with. It is a skill that all of us can learn. International bestselling author and award-winning Stanford University educator Tina Seelig has worked with some of the business world’s best and brightest, who are now among the decision-makers at companies such as Google, Genentech, IBM, and Cisco. In she expertly demystifies creativity, offering a set of tools and guidelines that anyone can use.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth
In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Duckworth, now a celebrated researcher and professor, describes her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not “genius” but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.