There are moments in our lives where we are just blocked. This block can be anything from emotional, mental, or creative. There are a plethora of avenues one can take to help bombard those blocks open, like professional counseling or a whole section of a bookstore, but sometimes these are too technical and venture into the realm of the unrelatable.
Everything is off the table when it comes to creative blocks. Nothing is less helpful than seeking guidance from someone you feel does not understand you. Thanks to Jeff Leisawitz’s new book Not F*ing Around, creatives now have a helpful book that speaks to us in our own language.
This book is straight to the point. Get off your a** and get to work, but says this in an artistic fun way. Leisawitz put conscious thought into every element of the book to maximize the importance of what he says. Even the way it’s written, in short chapters with to the point dialogue, helps the artistic brain process and retain what’s most important: our art.
Creatives are special souls, we not only see the world differently, but we also process content in a colorful way. We already have multiple artistic ventures floating around in the brain, it’s hard to keep anything else in there. When information is presented in a way that speaks the language of our souls we take it in with open arms. Not F*ing Around allows the reader to accept the help without pushing aside our other thoughts.
While it’s a book that can help focus our creative energy, it’s not a self-help book. At least I don’t see it that way. Throughout the pages there is an inspirational aspect, something that we all need from time to time as artists. Leisawitz is an artist, he knows what we are going through, and hearing him speak about his trials and tribulations makes ours look less troublesome. We’ve all gone through some sh*t, and the camaraderie behind that makes this book meaningful.
All of the information in the book can help all artists at different times throughout their journeys. It’s not a book to read only if you’re having trouble taking the next step, or if you are blocked in someway, it’s a book to have at the ready at all times. There is a need to connect the creative energy of others, and this book serves as that. It also helps you re-evaluate and confirm that as long as you are doing what you love you’re on the right path.
There are definitely moments where Leisawitz lays something out that punches you in the heart. For example, “From the present moment we can influence the future.” It’s in those moments when you realize how good this book is to have around as a kick in the a** and as a reaffirmation.
Not only is this book inspirational, but it is also comforting. It allows us to acknowledge the multiple ways we can get to our goal. There is never one road for all creatives to reach their goal, but a long as we travel down it with passion and love, we will achieve the whatever prize awaits us at the end.
Not F*ing Around is now available on Jeff Leisawitz website.
Enter to win some really great prizes from the SPRING GIVEAWAY happening now! Some of the prizes includes copies of the book as well as Creative Coaching Sessions from the one and only Jeff Leisawitz.
Written by Lisa Mejia
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