Review: Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

This book was recommended by Ali Abdaal whom I’ve been following for quite some time now. I felt the need to read this book because I kept hesitating whether I should take blogging seriously or not. I’ve created so many blogs and written posts here and there, but I wasn’t as invested as I wanted to due to the fear of being judged or not being good enough. However, these past few months, I kept thinking about blogging and I kept wanting to share so many of my experiences, but I didn’t know where to start. So, here I am, trying again to post on this blog.

This book really gave me the motivation to continue to do this. I don’t know how long this will last, but I want to do my best in writing consistently. If you’re having doubts about whether you should start a blog or not, READ THIS BOOK; it can really change the way you think about certain things when it comes to sharing your work.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

Amateurs might lack formal training, but they’re all lifelong learners, and they make a point of learning in the open, so that others can learn from their failures and successes.

Share what you love, and the people who love the same things will find you.

Post as though everyone who can read it has the power to fire you.

When you find things you genuinely enjoy, don’t let anyone else make you feel bad about it.

Teaching people doesn’t subtract value from what you do, it actually adds to it.

You just have to be as generous as you can, but selfish enough to get your work done.

Let me know if you’ve read this book. I’d like to know your thoughts.

Rochelle A.


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