Last updated: 29th December 2018

Goodbye, Things: On Minimalist Living by Fumio Sasaki

Goodbye, Things: On Minimalist Living was the book that finally made me start to consider minimalism more seriously. I’ve always had an appreciation for the things that look beautiful and are able to serve their intended purposes without all the unnecessary rubbish that gets added on top ever since I did a written essay on the Bauhaus movement during my college days and discovered how having less can bring more value. Yet, I never did think about how minimalism may be applied to people and their ways of living. In this book, Fumio Sasaki explains his thoughts and process behind how he was able to transform himself from a man that was obsessed with collecting materialistic items so that he may impress others with how educated, cultured and interesting he was, into a man that no longer needed such things to be satisfied as he began to become more self aware of what was, and was not, giving him value. Although I am not as extreme as Fumio, his influence on me is undeniable.

There is also a short video on YouTube that I also recommend you watch first if you would like to know more about the author.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

Mark Manson provides his readers some interesting philosophy on life and why we should be caring less on what others may be thinking about us and more on living the lives we are lucky to have on our own terms, while we still can. He explains brilliantly why it is important to only select the few fucks you actually want to give so that the others may be eliminated, why it is that we avoid certain things, how action can, and will, lead to inspiration along with other topics such as our eventual demise and how that should be the fire under our backsides we need to get to work.

This book may leave some feeling a little personally attacked, but it really is the book that delivers a swift kick to the groin that some of us may need to wake up and get going.

The Freelance Manifesto: A Field Guide for the Modern Motion Designer by Joey Korenman

Essential reading from the man who founded the School of Motion as it contains an incredible amount of freelance tips, tricks and advice for those wanting to get into the entrepreneurial game. Although the title says this book is directed towards motion designers, I believe anyone of the art & design industry can pick this book up and still get immense value out of it. As someone who has little experience freelancing myself, this book has been a tremendous help in answering any questions I had, the myths and facts behind freelancing and what you would probably be expected to do if you were to go full-time.

This is definitely something to keep handy as a reference, no matter where you are in your career.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

A book that goes into depth on why we sometimes struggle to be creative, how to identify and overcome any obstacle we may face and how we are able to work better. A light and enjoyable read that is worth taking notes to come back to when in need of some inspiration.

Eat That Frog!: Get More Of The Important Things Done Today by Brian Tracy

A short, but helpful, book on how to overcome procrastination by facing your biggest problem first, or in the examples provided by Brian Tracy, eating the biggest frog before any other. Not too much else to say about this other than it was an enjoyable read.