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Inspiring and practical
This is a book written by someone who has a lifetimes experience of creative work, so I respect the content of the book. Having read it all, I’d recommend it to anyone seeking to develop their creative pursuits and habits.
Fair enough, it contains dance related stories, and being a dancer I related very well to it. However I believe the lessons to learn here are applicable to any creative pursuit. The exercises are helpful, and I’ll be using lots of them for sure. They won’t have as much impact if you don’t listen to the (maybe sometimes too long) personal stories.
I recommend, for the exercises alone, and even for the reassurance of not feeling alone or weird the difficulties that creative types encounter.
This is a short combination of basic advice, a little inspiration, a little motivation, and some success stories. To me, it felt like a few blog posts hashed together. In fact, I’ve heard most of the information in free blog posts and online articles.
The most annoying thing however, was the narrator’s non- stop, inept and unnecessary attempts at various British accents. Just utterly ridiculous and cringe worthy.
Interesting read, though very basic
The premise of this book, that is to start climbing your mountain and enjoy the challenges ahead, was a fun, inspiring concept. However i found the content to be nothing new or insightful. I'd say this would be more suited to school leavers/graduates, and maybe certain naive people. But for the more experienced in life, there's little that you probably don't know already. In fact, books such as Tribes, and Crush It! go much deeper into some of the topics discussed here.
Overall, this is a good basic intro into the topic of building a personal brand or business, and for some people it will provide a brilliant boost of motivation to get started.
Excellent science, average advice
I found the first couple of chapters really interesting with regards to the neurological science and explanations of the chemical structures in the brain. However, the following chapters seem to be a repackaging of generic advice and information available on the web for free. Or via common sense. Anyone who had struggled with depression will be familiar with most of the suggestions here. I was left in doubt if the author really understands depression, giving out such platitudes as "just chill" and "get more sleep". Everybody isn't the same, so 8 hours of sleep might not be the perfect solution. And piers naps might actually be perfect for some people, whereas it's advised against here, with no supporting science.
There's also a section that strongly supports the use of prescription drugs and psychotherapy, and even a suggestion of brain surgery!
My overall opinion is that the book serves as a brief scientific insight to the processes behind depression, and perhaps as some starting point for people new to depression, or suffering mild to moderate depression.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I love the idea of releasing the Innes child. I completely agree with the premise of the book and it's something I've already tried to implement, so maybe it's just me but I found the content was nothing particularly new. Some if it is funny, and it served as a reminder to me to care less about our adult "problems". We're all in the sage boat!
Laura does a great job of narrating with personality. But for me, I found her use of swearing really annoying and mostly unnecessary, especially with her well spoken accent. I couldn't listen to it for more than 10 minutes at a time.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This book feels like a bullet point summary of basic information you could find on google for free. Details less than 30 oils. Still, some useful information to had picked up in an afternoons listen.
Welcome insights to the creative path
A really enjoyable read with some insightful stories about the author and other well known artists, detailing some of the ongoing struggles they faced. Most of it resonated with me, and personally I found it inspiring and encouraging. Some good advice offered which has made me take a step back and assess my serious approach to creativity, and even life in general.
Educational, but full of fluff
The first few chapters are fantastic, providing plenty of interesting facts that serve as a motivational wake up call. However, there are hours of testimonials for grounding, which I found Repetitive and unnecessary- a brief summary of each case would have sufficed. The last two chapters are also useful.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I've read half of this and switched off. I've found it to be a load of waffle, discussing the very obvious, with a little interesting science along the way. I guess if you're just starting off on a journey of healthier living, this might serve as a good introduction.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Prepare to be shocked
A truly eye opening book, packed with information of various types of food adulteration and how to spot them. If you're not already making sensible food choices, prepare to be shocked with the thought of what you could be putting into your body.