On Friday, August 4, I will present a synopsis of the best-seller by Jeff Goins, Real Artists Don’t Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age (Thomas Nelson, 2017). If you have not yet registered for the First Friday Book Synopsis this week, you can still do so at a discounted price at www.15minutebusinessbooks.com.
Goins’ premise is very simple:
“Making a living off your creative talent has never been easier….the idea of the Starving Artist is a useless myth that holds us back more than it helps us” (p. xvi).
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In the introduction of the book, he discusses the myths of the starving artist, by presenting twelve rules of the new Renaiassance (p. xvii-xviii).
With those rules, he contrasts starving and thriving artists.
Here are those myths:
|Believes you must be born an artist||Knows you must become one|
|Strives to be original||Steals from his influences|
|Believes he has enough talent||Apprentices under a master|
|Acts stubborn about everything||Acts stubborn about the right things|
|Waits to be noticed||Cultivates patrons|
|Believes he can be creative anywhere||Goes where creative work is already happening|
|Always works alone||Collaborates with others|
|Does his work in private||Practices in public|
|Works for free||Always works for something|
|Sells out too soon||Owns his work|
|Masters one craft||Masters many|
|Despises the need for money||Makes money to make art|
In a previous blog post, I wrote about reasoning as a prerequisite to organizing and wording arguments in a persuasive speech. We teach the important principles of parallelism and alliteration in our Speech Class Refresher program. You can read that post by clicking here.
In that post, I focused upon deductive reasoning, of which there are two types: syllogistic and enthymematic.
I did not mean for anyone to interpret that post to think that I do not also believe in inductive reasoning in a persuasive speech.
There are four types of inductive reasoning:
by example – give an incident that illustrates the argument; note that an extended example is a case or story – “President Ford introduced WIN – whip inflation now – as a major initiative to turn around economic conditions.”
by cause – show that there is a factor that is a force that produces some effect; always start with the effect – if it is good, put more resources behind the causal factor; if it is bad, minimize or eliminate the factor – “Illegal immigrants have helped businesses maintain steady employment wages.”
by analogy – show that what is true in one case is also true in another; the underlying assumption is that the two items being compared are highly similar – “Truman ended the conflict with Japan by dropping two nuclear bombs. If Trump does the same with North Korea, we will end any conflict we have with them.”
by sign – make an observation that infers some effect or outcome – since it depends upon an inference, it is the weakest type of inductive reasoning – “The current construction that we now see of new homes and apartment complexes in our city indicate that our local economy is getting stronger.”
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On Friday at the First Friday Book Synopsis at the Dallas Park City Club, I will present this best-seller:
Kouzes, J.M. & Posner, B.Z. Learning leadership: The five fundamentals of becoming an exemplary leader. San Francisco: Wiley.
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The book’s authors are James Kouzes and Barry Posner. Kouzes is pictured on the left, and Posner is on the right. Their other famous books are The Leadership Challenge and Encouraging the Heart.
Early in the book, the authors address whether leaders are born or made. Here is what they say:
“Asking, ‘Are leaders born or made?’ is not a very productive question. It’s the old nature versus nurture argument, and it doesn’t get at a more important question that must be asked and answered. The more useful question is ‘Can you, and those you work with, become better leaders than you are today?’ The answer to that question is a resounding yes” (p. 4).
Just a few pages later, the authors talk about some myths associated with leadership:
Four Myths (pp. 5-11)
Talent myth – Leadership is not a talent, “but an observable, learnable set of skills and abilities. Leadership is distributed in the population like any other set of skills” (p. 5).
Position myth – Leadership is not a rank, title, or place
Strengths myth – You cannot do your best without searching for challenges, doing things you’ve never done, making mistakes, and learning from them
Self-reliance myth – the best leaders know they can’t do it alone
If you miss the synopsis live this Friday, you can access it later at 15MinuteBusinessBooks.com.
The author is Brad Stone, who previously wrote the best-seller, The Everything Store (Back Bay Books, 2014), about Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com.
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“Both Travis Kalanick and Brian Chesky had made big promises: to eliminate traffic, improve the livability of our cities, and give people more time and more authentic experiences. If these promises are kept, the results might be well worth the mishaps and mistakes that occurred during their journeys; perhaps they’ll even be worth the enormous price paid by the disrupted.
“And if they can’t meet their own lofty goals? Or if the intensity of competition pushes them further toward a ruthless, win-at-all-costs mentality? Then Uber and Airbnb risk validating the worst claims of their critics – that they used technology and clever business plans merely to replace one set of dominant companies with another, amassing a staggering amount of wealth in the process.
“I’m more optimistic than that. I believe in the power and potential of the upstart s and have frequently admired their resourceful, adaptive CEO’s. But it’s up to us to hold them to their promises. They are the new architects of the twenty-first century, every bit as powerful as political leaders and now completely enmeshed in an establishment that they have, at times, bitterly fought” (pp. 331-332).