This was the first of Dan's books that I have read and I am now off to read the rest. I love the way Create Or Hate was structured in short bursts, which allowed me to consume it in between other activities. In all honesty, this is the first book I have finished in the last 18 months!
Create Or Hate was so inspiring and I have already started writing my own book using some of Dan's ideas. There was one paragraph in particular that pushed me to cut the crap and start writing - for that I am very grateful. Thanks Dan!
Like others here I opened the book to do a quick scan and come back to it later. Not quite what happened. I just kept on reading.
Dan uncovers a fundamental issue that seems so simple that we don't really pay enough attention to it. Making things, whether with your head or your hands makes you feel better. I love to make things but haven't for a while for many reasons. ( read excuses) In the book Dan shines a light on every one of those excuses and shows how we are deceived by them. The result is a negativity that eats at your insides.
In a way this is not just about success but about self-care. Making things makes us better both emotionally and psychologically. If the goal of the book is to get people to make things then it has certainly been achieved for me. The rest of the week will be focused on making something.
What an inspiring book! Our mindset is often what holds us back in starting ... or finishing things. Create or Hate is an insightful and practical guide to changing that mindset, so you can 'create something today'!
I especially enjoyed the 'create more than you consume' section and this quote "any time you engage in negativity, you feed Hate and starve Create. Every time you make something and ignore negativity, you become a better creator and you starve Hate".
This is a fantastic book on unleashing our ability to create things.
Dan explains that all successful people 'create' things, yet why then do we often flinch when it comes to putting our own ideas and products into the world? The truth is that "Hate" creeps in and cripples our belief that we are 'good enough' to create. Whether it's worrying about the opinions of others, making excuses or negative self-beliefs (the most insidious) we stall and don't create our best work. This is a problem to which Dan delivers the framework to overcome.
This is a short and very inspiring book. Having known Dan and followed his work for close to a decade, I am always impressed with his thinking and his ability to create -- whether it's businesses, books, speeches or epic blog posts.
The lesson from the book: go ahead and create something today!
Now, after reading this book, I can forgive myself for all the shortcomings that being creative use to mess with my head on. Like being good enough. Like bring a failure at stuff. Like getting easily bored and always wanting to start something new.
This is an easy read. It's easy to identify with. That negative voice that's engendered within each of us that seeks to squash creativity with fear is named, by author Dan Norris, for what it is. Hate! Sure - there's hate we meet from the outside - but the inner hate does more to stop the creative process than anything else. Dan's solution is to create. Just do it - and if you see what he's been achieving in recent years then you can also see it works for him. That's important in a book like this. It's not theory - it's practice. This is Dan's shortest book - and the one that really breathes. Buy it, read it - because for me it's like an oxygen tank for creativity.
A short but powerful read for anyone with an interest in creating something. Whether you're a writer, artist or entrepreneur, the heart of this book encourages you to start creating more than you consume - stop the 'entrepornography' where you over-consume as a strategy for delaying starting because you let Hate in and think you don't know enough, aren't good enough, don't have enough time etc. As Dan Norris says, "The only thing I do know about successful people is that they create things." I dare you to read this book and not want to have a go at creating something.
I love the idea that we should create more than we consume. I spend days reading and procrastinating and consuming entrepornography. This was just the kick in the pants I needed to set myself the daily goal to create more than I consume. If I read for two hours, I should write for three. If I watch a movie, I should make something afterwards. If I'm taking a course, for each hour of video I watch, I should draw for three hours. Such a simple idea.
I only look to take 2 or 3 worthy points from any book I read. This one had that and more.
The one point that resonated with me the most was to check in with yourself to ensure you are creating more than you are consuming. What a great tip in time management, keeping oneself honest and on task. It made me reflect on just how much I "consume", time that could be put to better use, or at least be associated in a better way to inspiration for creating. Thanks Dan.