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The Heart to Start: Win the Inner War & Let Your Art Shine Paperback – Dec 13 2017

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"The Heart to Start is solid advice from David Kadavy. It's not too late." 
--Seth Godin

"Here's the thing. You need to start something, and you already know what it is. But you're afraid. You don't have enough time. You can think of a million reasons to not do this. And that's what this book will help you overcome. Read it, then share it with a friend. I loved it." 
--Jeff Goins, bestselling author of Real Artists Don't Starve

"I wish this was the book I started with. I desperately needed it. Fortunately, I can start again. By reading this book!" 
--James Altucher, entrepreneur and bestselling author of Choose Yourself

"All change starts with a single step. In 
The Heart to Start, David generously shares his hard-earned wisdom about how to take that first step. If you want to do more work that matters this book will show you how to begin."
--Bernadette Jiwa Author of Story Driven


From Publisher's Weekly:
In this encouraging guide, Kadavy (
Design for Hackers), shows how to jump-start one's creativity. Kadavy uses material from his podcast, Love Your Work; entertaining metaphors; and vignettes from his life and those of a myriad of others such as a behavioral scientist, a board game creator, a singer-songwriter, and a chef to highlight the obstacles that prevent people from starting their creative projects.

Original terms, such as "the Fortress Fallacy" (imagining one's project in its most ambitious possible form before even starting) and "Inflating the Investment" (overestimating how much time and energy projects will take) clearly illustrate the thinking that leads to procrastination. The practical advice and techniques that Kadavy provides for circumventing distorted thinking and ego-driven insecurities, such as "motivational judo," in which "you use the force of your own ego to kickstart your project," make it sound relatively easy to start creating, but Kadavy is careful to keep expectations realistic.

Reassuring reminders not to be defeated by discomfort, perfectionism, and the fear of others' judgments, and to follow one's curiosity and passion, round out this lively, motivating entry into the self-help genre.

"Here's the thing. You need to start something, and you already know what it is. But you're afraid. You don't have enough time. You can think of a million reasons to not do this. And that's what this book will help you overcome. Read it, then share it with a friend. I loved it."

--Jeff Goins, best-selling author of Real Artists Don't Starve

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kadavy, Inc. (Dec 13 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 138 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0692995692
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0692995693
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 159 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 0.89 x 20.32 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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David Kadavy is a bestselling author whose books help people be productive when creativity matters. He was design advisor for behavioral scientist Dan Ariely’s productivity app, Timeful, where David’s “mind management” principles were applied to features now used by millions – in Google Calendar. He lives in Medellín, Colombia. Follow him on Twitter or Instagram at @kadavy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great motivational book
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5.0 out of 5 stars I picked up The Heart to Start on kindle. I'm glad I did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be aware that procrastinating is resistance, where possible, explore the reason for the resistance.
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