I just finished "The Art of Possibility" by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benajmin Zander. They both are swimming in accomplishments, but their field is art and music. (He is the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic). I loved hearing the concepts and anecdotes pulled from the world of classical music.
My two favorite concepts from the book: Don't take yourself too seriously. The second: Give everyone an "A". Assume there is a "best" in everyone you interact with, and instead of setting a standard for them to measure up to, holding a space of respect that gives them room to realize themselves. It was an easy, fun read with great ideas. Highly recommended!
I just launched into a new book by one of my favorite authors, Seth Godin, called "The Icarus Deception". From the back cover:
Art isn't pretty.
Art isn't painting.
Art isn't something you hang on the wall.
If you've already decided that you're not an artist, it's worth considering why you made that decision and what it might take to unmake it.
If you've announced that you have no talent (in anything!), then you are hiding.
Art might scare you.
Art might bust you.
But art is who we are and what we need.
An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it (all of it, the work, the process, the feedback from those we seek to connect with) personally.
Art isn't a result; it's a journey. The challenge of our time is to find a journey worthy of your heart and soul.
Go Seth! I love the book so far. A great siren of the new connection economy. I do wonder as I read these books how able I am to incorporate these great ideas into my life where the rubber meets the road.
(What road? Is there really any rubber here?)