Creative Endurance

56 Rules for Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Your Goals

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Pub Date 16 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 22 Dec 2023

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A must-read guide for any creative, Creative Endurance offers practical advice and inspiration for staying motivated and achieving your big-picture goals.

Are you experiencing creative burnout? Using the effective strategies for creative endurance developed by creative director of Fast Company and accomplished marathon runner Mike Schnaidt, you can remain imaginative and inventive through any tough situation, throughout your life and career.

Featuring inspiring stories from designers, astronauts, illustrators, ultramarathoners, chefs, photographers, and an Olympic Gold medalist, Creative Endurance provides a unique combination of practical advice, in the form of 56 “rules, alongside inspiring examples to help you overcome creative obstacles and thrive.
  • Learn from graphic designer Sagi Haviv, the creator of the US Open logo, as he shares his experience of generating over 6,000 sketches for the iconic design.
  • Join photographer Peter Yang behind the scenes of his most memorable celebrity shoots, including with Barack Obama.
  • Hear from astronaut Jeanette Epps, who went from a Ford Motor Company employee to a member of NASA’s space crew.
  • Get tips from celebrated cookbook author Molly Baz on crafting compelling recipes.
  • Discover the mental preparation strategies of Olympic Gold medalist Billy Demong.
  • Learn expert tactics and advice for maintaining focus and motivation in your career from endurance racing legend Hurley Haywood.

With lush illustrations across four sections of increasing time increments (Your Day, Your Project, Your Job, and Your Life), Creative Endurance will guide you through the daily grind of work to the big-picture goals of your life. Learn how to overcome obstacles in your daily routine, develop focus and imagination, and establish a sustainable practice. Refine your creative process, pitch ideas to clients, and handle negative feedback and massive projects. Discover practical tactics for hiring, budgeting, and navigating career challenges, along with advice on finding your creative voice and making a lasting impact in your industry.

Each chapter concludes with an interactive and inspiring spread of suggested activities.

Creative Endurance is the ultimate guide to achieving your goals and thriving in your creative career without sacrificing your well-being.
A must-read guide for any creative, Creative Endurance offers practical advice and inspiration for staying motivated and achieving your big-picture goals.

Are you experiencing creative burnout? Using...

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This is right up my alley, and it's the perfect book for any creative as it's got the practical advice, tips and guides and above all, visual appeal.

I mean, this book is so beautiful and vibrant you can't help but dive into the activities at the end of each chapter.

Split into four key aspects of the creative's life: Your Day, Your Project, Your Job, and Your Life.

Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.

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Thank you, Rockport Publishers, for the advance reading copy.

This book is what I needed the entire time! I get too invested and involved in my work that I tend to get overwhelmed and demotivated most days. However, seeing the different perspectives of different professionals from different walks of life which is provided in clear and constructive tips I find this compilation to be life changing. You will know what I mean when you read just two pages. It’s so well planned and full of interesting ideas to follow.

I say no one stays motivated and creative all the time. This book is definitely for all of us, young or old, who needs a refresher on how we can enjoy at what we do.

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Infographics, typography, information. This book has it all.

The author really has a passion for layout and design. That comes across in the book. It feels somewhere between a magazine and a workbook, with article snippets and interviews with other creative professionals, meanwhile there are activities and for you to use what you’ve learnt to give you the option to think whilst you read.

You could easily pick a chapter and work through something which is relevant to you. There isn’t the pressure to read from start to finish. They disruptive style almost discourages you from doing this.

The illustrations are charming, very much of the last 5 years of digital marketing. Blocky figures, textured shading. It feels familiar, accessible. It’s reminiscent of Men’s Health Magazine, only it focuses on training the creative muscles.

The examples are inspirational, focusing on strong storytelling skills, often on the subject of happenstance, which can be a little tricky to recreate in real life. It’s not every day you’ll be walking down the street ready to high five the mayor who will link you in to directing a political campaign. Likewise you may not be up for chucking a 150cm logo into a river.

The voice is very friendly, with a laddish culture. ‘Hire people you can hang with’. Having said that, it has emotional intelligence. The author is aware that creatives are sensitive souls, and he give empathy, it’s the ideal book for a creative that’s growing, needs someone to pick them up when they’re inside themselves, feeling a bit rough, need someone to tell them that their project failure isn’t the end of the world. Stick it in your portfolio and get going again.

It ticks all the boxes. Highly recommended. (Professional artist)

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Creative Endurance by Mike Schnaidt is a propelling book/guide which showcases a diverse array of creatives and their experiences overcoming and combatting obstacles in their industries. Alongside teaching the reader these creatives experiences, this book is actionable and pushes the reader to integrate core skills into their own journeys.

Upon beginning this book I was immediately struck by how many people were interviewed, in different careers, with different life circumstances and with different experiences. This makes the book accessible to all creatives not just to those in the art and design industry.

As a creative individual myself, I found the relatable tips very proactive. I took notes from the book to use in my own personal creative journey. It was also inspiring to hear from so many different people.

I can’t fault this book/guide because it is relatable to everyone, no matter their industry or goals. I highly recommend this book to everyone, thank you to Mike Schnaidt, Quarto Publishing Group - Rockport Publishing and Netgalley for this ARC.

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This book had many applications as a writer and artist. I enjoyed the style of the book and interviews with several creatives. I will definitely be purchasing my own copy and returning to it, again and again.

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