The Big Thing

The Big Thing

How to Complete Your Creative Project Even If You're A Lazy, Self-Doubting Procrastinator Like Me

eBook - 2016
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A New York Times business journalist explains why it's important for people to pursue big creative projects, and identifies both the obstacles and the productive habits that emerge on the path to completion including her own experience writing this book. Whether it's the Great American Novel or a groundbreaking new app, many people want to create a Big Thing, but finding the motivation to get started, let alone complete the work, can be daunting. In The Big Thing, New York Times business writer and editor Phyllis Korkki combines real-life stories, science, and insights from her own experience to illuminate the factors that drive people to complete big creative projects and the obstacles that threaten to derail success. In the course of creating her own Big Thing this book Korkki explores the individual and collaborative projects of others: from memoirs, art installations, and musical works to theater productions, small businesses, and charities. She identifies the main aspects of a Big Thing, including meaningful goals, focus and effort, the difficulties posed by the demands of everyday life, and the high risk of failure and disappointment. Korkki also breaks down components of the creative process and the characteristics that define it, and offers her thoughts on avoiding procrastination, staying motivated, scheduling a routine, and overcoming self-doubt and the restrictions of a day job. Filled with inspiring stories, practical advice, and a refreshing dose of honesty, The Big Thing doesn't minimize the negative side of such pursuits including the fact that big projects are hard to complete and raise difficult questions about one's self-worth. Inspiring, wise, humorous, and good-natured, The Big Thing is a meditation on the importance of self-expression and purpose.
Publisher: 2016. ,
ISBN: 9780062384324
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive

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Jun 16, 2017

Good book. However the author sometimes misses the message like for example on chapter 10 where she talks about Love and Work. She cites very poor examples of the Big Thing on this chapter.

She also does not qualify as a lazy person as she said she is. It also looks like the Big Thing she created had nothing to do with her real passion and that is probably why she had some trouble completing it.

If you want to get the main teachings of this book, read page 22. That is all you need.

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