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Books by Mark McGuinness

Motivation for Creative People: How to Stay Creative While Gaining Money, Fame, and Reputation

Motivation for Creative People: How to Stay Creative While Gaining Money, Fame, and ReputationPsychological research confirms what we know in our hearts: we are at our most creative when we are driven by intrinsic motivation—working for the sheer joy of it, regardless of rewards. Focusing on extrinsic motivation—such as money, fame, or other rewards—can kill your creativity.

Working for love is all well and good, but if you’re a creative professional you can’t ignore the rewards:

You need money to enjoy your life and to fund your projects. You may not need to be famous, but you do need a good reputation within your professional network. And if you’re in a fame-driven industry you need a powerful public profile, whether or not you enjoy the limelight.

Motivation for Creative People is the perfect guide to figuring out your different motivations and how they affect your creativity and career.

“Indispensable reading for anyone in a creative field who is seeking to achieve not just a flash of brilliance but a lifelong career.”
Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The War of Art

Motivation for Creative People is chock full of stories and tips, carrots and prods. It will give you the kick in the seat of the pants you need to get down to the business of creating. An enjoyable read!”
Roger von Oech, author of A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative and the Creative Whack Pack

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Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success

Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success

If you want to achieve something original and meaningful with your life, you must learn to deal with rejection and criticism.

Whether you’re an artist, performer, commercial creative, or entrepreneur, rejection and criticism are occupational hazards you will face throughout your career.

In Resilience, Mark explains why your reactions to rejection and criticism are completely normal – and how to deal with them effectively.

Through stories from his own experience, as well as those of famous creators, he will show you that you are far from alone in suffering from rejection and criticism. And he draws on years of experience as a coach to give you practical advice that has been road-tested with hundreds of people facing similar challenges to you.

“Read this book and you will be bulletproof!”
Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The War of Art

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