Books: Getting There - A Book of Mentors
I recently finished a book called Getting There: A Book of Mentors, which I found on Brain Pickings. In the book, some of the most accomplished people in a wide variety of fields share their personal journey to success. I’ve read many self-help books about goal setting and getting through creative blocks, but there was something really special about seeing the practical application of those concepts in many real life scenarios. If you or your students are feeling beaten down on your way to your goals, you might give this book a read.
For a month, I started each day with one person’s story, and after each's morning's reading, I consistently moved into my day feeling inspired to persevere through any struggles. Everyone in the book experienced setbacks, rejections, and failures, and had many people telling them they should give up or that their ideas were just plain bad. I think I was most astounded by just how much each of them overcame. One guy even went to jail before reaching success. They all share their mistakes, their detours, and their wisdom for people who are working toward things that others (and sometimes they themselves) can’t really see or understand, yet.
Since each persons’s story is just a few pages long, it’s a great coffee table book for the studio. Also a great graduation gift.
Here are some the quotes that really stuck out to me:
What are some books that you use to help yourself and your students keep going? Share in the comments.