Find the ARTist Within: 5 Books That Will Kick-Start Your Freelancing Career

THE ART OF HAPPINESS by H.H. Dalai Lama & H.Cutler

Through conversations with Dr. Howard Cutler, stories and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. The handbook is the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology and helps readers with difficulties common to all human beings. Dalai Lama explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth. He believes happiness can be achieved through the systematic training of our hearts and minds. "I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear, whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.” 

THE ART OF MENTAL TRAINING by DC Gonzales

In this highly acclaimed guide, peak performance coach Dan Gonzalez teaches mental training techniques that are effective and motivational. Using his book, you will be able to increase your self-belief, self-confidence and reach new levels of success. Gonzales explains how to develop the psychological skills required for peak performance and combines the essentials with stories about his fascinating background as an aviator in the navy, a federal agent, military cyber-security specialist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and a peak performance coach. Learn to control your state and excel even under extreme pressure, improve your focus and concentration for positive results and enhance your performance by transforming the negative energy generated by nervousness and fear into confidence.

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THE ART OF WORK by Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins believes that only when our interests connect with the needs of the world we begin living for a larger purpose. This is a book about discovering what you were born to do. Abandon the status quo and live a life that matters with true passion and purpose. Sharing his personal experience as well as compelling case studies, and current research on the mysteries of motivation and talent, Goins shows readers how to find their vocation and what to expect along the way.“This is one of the most honest, direct, and generous books about you and your life that you will read this year. It took guts to write and it will take guts to read. Leap.” Seth Godin, best-selling author of What to Do When It's Your Turn. 

THE ART OF THE START 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki

This new version of The Art of the Start has additional 110 pages and features Kawasaki’s latest insights and practical advice about social media, crowdfunding, cloud computing, and more. The author points out that ‘social media has replaced PR and advertising as the key method of promotion; crowd funding is a viable alternative to investors; and the cloud makes basic infrastructure affordable for almost any new venture’. Arianna Huffington, the president and editor in chief of Huffington Post, called The Art of the Start 2.0 ‘the ultimate entrepreneurship handbook’. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, small-business owner or not-for-profit leader, this book will help you make your ideas stick.“Don’t worry about being embarrassed. Don’t wait to develop the perfect product or service. Good enough is good enough. There will be plenty of time for refinement later. It’s not how great you start—it’s how great you end up,” Guy Kawasaki. 

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THE WAR OF ART by Steven Pressfield

Break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles. In The War of Art, bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield 'identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success'. Pressfield emphasizes that in order to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition, we need to be determined and he shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. He says "remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” Whether you are an artist, writer or entrepreneur, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the day.