By Austin Kleon
Workman, $11.95, 215 pages
Every so often, a little gem of a book shows up to be reviewed and this reviewer ponders to herself, “So simple, so practical, and so GREAT!” Kleon’s book Show Your Work! shares ten ideas to get “found” in today’s social networking-oriented climate. The book is filled with illustrations, photos, quotes, stories and tons of examples to inspire the reader, but even better than mere inspiration, there are ideas to actually implement right away.
“You have to have the courage to keep loving your garbage, because what makes us unique is the diversity and breadth of our influences, the unique ways in which we mix up the parts of culture others have deemed “high” and the “low.”
Kleon insists that waiting until you have perfection (whatever that is) and “hoarding” your ideas are not forward-thinking practices in today’s digital age. Instead, share your ideas, knowledge and the “how’s and why’s” to build your followers and gain customers and clients. Kleon offers ten mantras including: “Share something small every day” and “Learn to take a punch.” Whether or not you are ready to join the digital age, you will find numerous ideas that will make you ponder, highlight, and nod your head as you read this engaging, practical, entertaining and highly useful book.
Reviewed by Seniye Groff