So many people are reading and talking about this book!
Amazon.com says: This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.
Seth Godin has a new audiobook available, and it's fantastic. It costs $10 to download from Soundtrue, and it's worth every penny, with 100% of the royalties go to the Acumen Fund, a non-profit organization fighting poverty.
The material is familiar, but still completely worthwhile, as he inspires us to overcome our fears and do work that matters. Or, as written on the Soundtrue site:
• Overcoming our instinctual resistance to risk and change
• Discovering our creative genius in the face of the empty page or whiteboard
• Finding the courage to share that work—with vulnerability, generosity, and results
You can download the audio files here:
Getting rid of stuff feels great. Living with less stuff feels even better. Sometimes the best way to start something new is to clear out things from the past, and the book Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste was brought up in our last meeting as a great book to help you with this.
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp is a great book and quick read for anyone embarking on a creative endeavor, no matter what your medium. It offers a lot of practical advice, exercises, and activities that can help you with your chosen project or career. Twyla Tharp is one of the world's leading choreographers, but the book applies to any medium: writing, designing, building or making anything. She believes that “greatness is more the product of hard work, habit, and perseverance than it is about talent.”
Click here to see a great write-up on lessons learned from this book.
In the first lesson of Seth Godin's on-line Skillshare class, The New Business Toolbox: Help Your New Business Do It Right The First Time, he talks about the importance of writing down your business model. What is the process that turns your resources and your effort into value and profit?
A resource he recommends is the book Business Model Generation, and he also provides a link to a free document from the book that you can use to help you define your business model.
Click here to download a free copy of the Business Model Canvas PDF.
Someone on the Skillshare site also shared a great link on writing a business plan: How to Write a Creative Business Plan In Under an Hour
These are the two books I mentioned today:
Both are stories of making products you see a real need in the market for and would personally love to own/have. The Lonely Planet one really resonated with me because it’s about travel and family as much as it is about entrepreneurship. Patagonia is awesome because of their uncompromising commitment to the products, their performance and the environment. They always play the “long game”, ie. Do what’s right for your customer and the planet in the long term, even if it puts pressure on near term profitability.