Not content with giving Lateral Action a terrific interview about his work, Hugh was kind enough to send me an advance copy of the book a few weeks ago – it arrived on Friday afternoon and I didn’t go to bed that night until I’d finished it (as well as an unspecified number of beers).
If you are serious about creativity and making a living from your passion, you need to get this book. It’s also the perfect present for the creative entrepreneur in your life.
It would be worth your while just for the advice it contains – a combination of inspiration and pragmatism, based on Hugh’s years of trial, error and persistence in honing his craft and following his dream.
Here are a few chapter headings, to give you a flavour of the world according to Hugh:
10. Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.
11. The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.
12. Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether.
13. If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you.
14. Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside.
15. Dying young is overrated.
16. The most important thing a creative person can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.
The book would also be worth your while for the sharp and funny cartoons, like this one:
As you get the philosophy AND the cartoons, it’s a no-brainer.
If you don’t believe me, download the sample chapters for free and see for yourself.
As someone pointed out, the book does contain a bit of swearing. So I guess it’s not for the fainthearted.
But then neither is creativity.
In my professional opinion as a psychotherapist, you’d have to be a crazy deranged fool not to buy it.