The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice

By Todd Henry

This is the first book from one of my favorite authors. Todd brings a deep understanding of the creative life and the things that happen to interrupt our ability to create.

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Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day

By Todd Henry This is the second book by Todd and a great follow up to his first.

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Creative Is a Verb

By Patti Digh

This is one of my favorite books. It’s the kind you curl up with next to the fire, or bring along with you on a walk so you can settle under your favorite tree. Patti Digh is one of my creative heroes.

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The Artist’s Way

By Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron hit a nerve with the publishing of this book. It spawned numerous “creative support groups” across the country and around the world. It is a master class in recovering that spark of creative potential in all of us.

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The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

By Seth Godin

The time to play it safe as an artist has passed. Seth Godin is something of a creative prophet. His writing and speaking have shaped a generation of creatives. Any of his books are worth the read, but I’ve enjoyed this one in particular.

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The War of Art

By Steven Pressfield

Fear. Doubt. Creative block. Whatever you call it, it’s “Resistance.” This book helps anyone break free of the things that keep us from being our best and doing what we want. It’s part of the inspiration for “beBRAVE!”

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The Early to Rise Experience

By Andy Traub

This is the book that has had a monumental impact on my life in the last couple years. Because of it, I have established a personal brand, written a book, launched a website, begun a speaking career and much more. It’s worth the read.

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The Martian

By Andy Weir

This is on the list because it’s…AWESOME!!! Every creative needs some down time to read a frivolous novel—this is that novel. It will have you laughing hysterically and sitting on the edge of your seat at the same time! Get it!

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