The Habit of Noticing: Using Creativity to Make a Life (And A Living)
by Darden Smith & Warren Zanes
Pub Date 23 Sep 2018
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The concept of work-life balance is anything but foreign in today's hyperconnected society, but what if finding the elusive balance lies not in tuning out, but instead bringing one more key element into our lives? In his new book The Habit of Noticing: Using Creativity to Make a Life (and a Living), slated for release on Thursday, September 13 at the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Summit in Providence, R.I., Austin-based singer-songwriter Darden Smith says the secret lies in embracing and using your creativity every day.
Now, in his most adventurous and deeply personal project to date, The Habit of Noticing is Smith's collection of stories that serves as a personal manifesto on the value of art and creativity in daily life. A guidebook for those seeking to bring more creativity into their daily life, Smith dives deep into his inspirations and influences, the importance of commitment and endurance in tough times, and the beauty that comes from finding meaning in your work and your life.
"From my experience, working artists are people with heart and passion; hard workers, self-starters, doers," says Smith. "They wake up in the morning looking for a way to make a difference, to tell a story. They follow their words and dreams with action. They create."
"Darden Smith has done what I wish more artists would do. I want all my favorites to sit down and write the weird manuals/memoirs/ manifestos that remind us how to get lost by telling us how they did it, mostly without meaning to. I want them to keep reminding me and everyone else that when we don’t know what we’re doing, when we do finally get lost, we shouldn’t panic — we may well be right where we want to be, that it’s just our minds and fear telling us to seek safety. I want them to remind me that we shouldn’t listen to those minds and the fears they generate — we should stay right there, remain uneasy and uncomfortable. Darden does this in these pages." - Warren Zanes, Musician and Author of Petty: The Biography
"What a remarkable book. An elegant gift to the world. The life lessons, laughter, love and light you poured onto each page speak volumes about the gift of seeing and listening well." - PAUL WILLIAMS, Grammy and Academy Award winner, Writer of “Rainy Days and Monday” and “Rainbow Connection,” Member of Songwriters Hall of Fame