Show Your Work

Austin Kleon

Productivity, Learning

Note: I wrote a blog post about this book here.

“Find your voice, shout it from the rooftops, and keep doing it until the people that are looking for you find you.” — Dan Harmon

It is intimidating to show your work online. While we have no reservations about sharing our candid photos on Instagram or our thoughts on Twitter, something about sharing our work under our own name is scary. For some reason, we believe that whatever material we publish online must be complete, and that anything less than perfection has no value.

The premise of Austin Kleon’s book Show Your Work is that Learning in Public is the most effective way to learn faster and gain an audience. By sharing what you’re learning and how you’re applying this newfound knowledge, you create tight Feedback Loops that propel you towards mastery.

This is a great book that can easily be read in an afternoon. That being said, most of the lessons that the author is preaching were taught to me by the likes of Ali Abdaal, and so I found it less thought-provoking than I might have otherwise.

My rating: 4/5.



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