Book: Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

Jun 20, 2020

“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 actual work under our own name is scary. It feels like the quality of what we share is a reflection of our value, and that any material we publish must be complete and refined.

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, I had already been introduced to most of the ideas presented by the author by the likes of Ali Abdaal, and so I found it less thought-provoking than I might have otherwise.


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