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I found some treasures for you:

What We'll Build by Oliver Jeffers


Maybe is a beautiful and thought-provoking picture book that speaks to you, the reader, about your potential. The text is motivational, non-narrative in structure, but the illustrations tell a magical story about your limitless possibilities and the capability of your imagination.

By Kobi Yamada
Illustrated by Gabriella Barouch

In Real Artists Don't Starve, Jeff Goins says the romanticization of poverty and the myth of the starving artist is a flawed model for a creative life. "Don't starve for your art, thrive for it."

When I was a young poet living in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, I introduced myself to an English class where I was helping out. Several of the students began to argue, "No, you're not a poet, poets are depressed. They have terrible lives." The oddest part was that they didn't know me, but they had the perception that a poet would not be out in public, volunteering in an English class, or—smiling.

I get it. Depression, suicide, and also poverty characterize a lot of the best American and Russian poets. But that is a genuinely awful standard for aspiring creatives. Many of those poets, such as Emily Dickinson, died before seeing publication or being paid for their art. Emily Dickinson refused publication.


"If you don't want your best work to die with you, you must train yourself to think and live differently than the ways we've been told artists behave." -Jeff Goins

Value yourself, your art, and expect a happy, wealthy life. You cannot "sell out," if you can cash in on your investments on your terms.

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