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Have you ever struggled to bring a creative vision to life? Welcome to the club. I’ve yet to meet a single human who hasn’t felt frustrated and overwhelmed by the creative process.

Lucky for us, there are entire books on creativity — books that can help you overcome those all-too-familiar creative obstacles of perfectionism, impostor syndrome, or feeling like you’re not good enough. 

Books have always been and always will be a big part of my life. Everything I’ve done or overcome ties back to something I learned or was able to figure out thanks, in part, to a book. 

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That’s why my team and I have curated a list of our top books about creativity for you below. 

Make yourself a cup of something delicious, put on your cozy pants, and settle in for some good, old-fashioned book love.

15 Books About Creativity We Can’t Put Down

We need artists, entrepreneurs, problem solvers, writers, and more people like you to share your gifts with the world. Books on how to be creative can give you the inspiration, motivation, and — most importantly — practical steps you need to take to do that.

Whether you’re stuck in a creative rut or struggling with writer’s block, the books in this list will inspire you to keep creating, no matter what business or season of life you’re in.

1.The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The War of Art is a must-read if you’ve ever struggled with procrastination, writer’s block, or self-doubt.

It’s one of my all-time favorite books about creativity, and Steven Pressfield is truly extraordinary.

Any time I’m terrified about a creative project I’m working on, The War of Art reminds me these feelings are a normal part of the creative process — and then I keep going. That’s why Steven always tops my book recommendations.

Heather from Team Forleo’s Customer Happiness team has a page of The War of Art tacked to a bulletin board over her desk and consults it any time she needs a reminder of how impactful her words can be.

“When I’m scared to write or express myself or that my work isn’t ‘worthy’ or important, I just read that. It’s part of my work here at Marie Forleo International, too. Our words matter.” 
~ Heather, Customer Happiness

Watch Steven Pressfield on MarieTV: How To Overcome Resistance & Why Talent Doesn’t Matter

2. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

If any part of you longs to make and do really cool things in this world — write, paint, cook, dance, sing, speak, produce, code, act, bake, or bedazzle your toothbrush — read Big Magic.

This book is a treasure map to unleash your most creative and expressive life, and with Elizabeth Gilbert as your guide, you can’t go wrong.

Mandy from our Customer Happiness team recommends Big Magic because it stopped her from giving up on her writing dream. The book helped her love writing again and approach with a renewed sense of playfulness.

“Reading Big Magic gave me permission to be patient with myself. It’s not too late, and the past couple of years I’ve spent writing, I’ve only gotten better, more dedicated, and more joyful in my work.” 
~ Mandy, Customer Happiness


Watch Elizabeth on MarieTV: What Elizabeth Gilbert Wants You To Know About Big Magi

3. Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley & David Kelley

Creative Confidence is a book for anyone who mistakenly believes that only “artsy” types can be creative.

It shows you how to use creative thinking to be more productive and successful in any aspect of your life.

Brothers Tom and David Kelley know their stuff. David created Stanford’s d.school, an experimental program where people learn to achieve their greatest potential through design thinking. Tom also wrote The Art of Innovation to share lessons in creativity from the brothers’ design company, IDEO.

“If you seek more creative energy for yourself or your team, this book will provide valuable instruction and empowering encouragement.” 
~ Publisher’s Weekly

4. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Want to understand your creativity on a deeper level?
The Artist’s Way guides you through exercises, writing rituals, and self-discovery techniques to become a better artist. Julia Cameron is a master teacher, and reading this book will transform your creative process.

Our Customer Happiness rep Julia says the book helps her “to not feel like a weirdo for being the way I am or living the way I do” — and we’re all thankful for that! 

“It’s one of those books that makes you feel truly seen, understood, and supported in a way that you may never have before by anyone in your life.”  
~ Julia, Customer Happiness

Want to hear directly from Team Forleo? We created a special episode of The Marie Forleo Podcast called #ILovedThisBook: Creativity Edition. You’ll hear excerpts from some of our favorite books and stories from our own creative journeys.

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5. Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Can you think of a more creative, playful, and joyful brand in modern culture than Pixar?

The company’s co-founder and former president, Ed Catmull, wrote Creativity, Inc. for business leaders who want to incorporate Pixar-level creativity into their own culture.

What’s fun about this book is that it dives behind the scenes at Pixar Animation Studios to show you how movies like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and WALL-E came to life.

Ed writes about the people and environment at Pixar that supported the innovation behind those iconic creations. He also shares the unique principles they live by to give their teams the freedom to take risks and create in ways no one ever had before.

“Reading Creativity, Inc., one can easily appreciate Catmull’s gifts as a leader whose style — deft, open, humble, caring, trusting, purposeful — has built, shaped and sustained an exceptional creative culture…That combination of effectively bringing creativity to his leadership challenges and leadership to his firm’s creative work is rare.” 
~ Forbes

6. Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day

Feel like an oddball? Embrace Your Weird is here for it.

Felicia Day is a multipassionate actress and creative who challenges you to let go of old insecurities and become the creative force you were always meant to be.

No matter what kind of creative outlet you enjoy, Embrace Your Weird will help you tap into creative reservoirs you didn’t know were there — and have fun doing it.

“I love how this book poses shifting your thoughts around anxiety and creativity, which is something I struggle with … it’s all about being okay with being weird!” 
~ Kelsey, Creative Project Manager

Kelsey from Team Forleo has loved Felicia since her own nerdy Comic Con days.

She has this Embrace Your Weird quote scratched in a notebook to get through those “is this good enough??” moments: “Next time there’s an anxiety-inducing task at hand, why not visualize doing it in front of someone who’s delighted at everything you do?

7. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Got a love/hate relationship with writing? Anne Lamott is a bestselling author — but that doesn’t mean her feelings on writing aren’t complicated.

Bird by Bird is a classic book every artist should read. It’s about Anne’s experience as a writer and how to handle the peaks and valleys that come with it.

“No idea has changed me more than Lamott’s take on ‘the shitty first draft.’” 
~ Marian, Senior Editor

Bird by Bird doesn’t give you a magic formula, but it does shift your mindset. Next time you sit down to write and you’re staring at a blank screen, like Marian from our Copywriting team, you can remember that, “Anne told you that it was okay to write ‘Mr. Poopy Pants’ just to get something on the page.”

8. Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke

Letters to a Young Poet is a book of letters for the creative soul.

Rilke’s words are mystical and beautiful, and they will leave you marveling over the power of well-crafted, heartfelt words.

Jayasri from our Customer Happiness team read and fell in love with the book as a teenager after losing her father, a vulnerable and uncertain time.

“It felt as if Rilke was writing directly to my heart and easing all my worries. I felt recognized and hopeful for future treasures unknown. Those comforting letters told me to keep going, keep creating, and that words have the power to reach through time and transform lives.” 
~ Jayasri, Customer Happiness

9. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon’s books are as fun to look at as they are to read. They’re coffee-table-meets-guide book and will help you determine which direction to follow.

Steal Like an Artist is Austin’s first manifesto for creating in the digital age. He shares “10 things nobody told you about being creative,” his principles to help you connect with your inner artist and get to work.

“Immersing yourself in Steal Like an Artist is as fine an investment in the life of your mind as you can hope to make.” 
~ Brain Pickings

You may also want to read Austin’s other books for creative people: Show Your Work! about how to get your ideas noticed and Keep Going about staying focused no matter what.

10. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

Betty Edwards wanted all her students to learn how to draw successfully, and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is one of her educational masterpieces. It’s a drawing book for artists of any experience level. 

Best of all? It trains your brain to think creatively.

Team Forleo Designer Meg found the book on her grandparents’ bookshelf as a kid, and it helped her discover that everyone is creative — art isn’t some rare mystery reserved for a select few.

“I was always really ‘artsy’ but also very analytical and left-brainy, and I feel like that book spoke to my full self in a way that other drawing books never did.” 
~ Meg, Senior Designer

It’s not just inspirational, though. The book is also a great introduction to art and design principles for anyone just getting started or looking for a refresher.

11. In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney

Doubt that you have what it takes to bring your creative vision to life? Grace Bonney’s In the Company of Women may be the inspiration you need.

You’ll learn about 100 multipassionate women who’ve led interesting lives and careers built on talent, ambition, and creativity.

In the Company of Women is a coffee table collection of photos and profiles of creative women filled with heaps of inspiration.

Our Creative Strategist, Hailey, loves taking time to sit down with these inspiring women anytime she needs a boost of encouragement, to learn how they get things done.

“I LOVE learning about the lifestyles and philosophies of artists –– how they live, work, dress, and share their ideas with the world –– and this book gives me the opportunity to sit down with 100 different women and learn about their creative processes.” 
~ Hailey, Creative Strategist

Watch Grace Bonney on MarieTV: The Truth About Work Life Balance With Grace Bonney

12. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

Remember getting lost in your imagination as a kid? From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler takes you back to those precious moments. It won E.L. Konigsburg a Newbery Medal­ for good reason.

Though it’s not intentionally a book on creativity, this novel is a classic that will remind you of the pure, childlike joy that heightens creative thinking.

It follows Claudia Kincaid and her brother, Jamie, as they run away from home and end up living at The Met museum.

And it’s been a favorite of our Head of Production, Louise, since she was a kid. The book even inspired her to move to New York!

“Claudia’s quixotic nature and her ingenuity taught me that no plan is too outlandish, no dream is too big. But it’s always important to leave room for the unexpected if you want to experience a life beyond your wildest dreams.” 
~ Louise, Head of Production

13. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Do you ever sit down to write, draw, paint, or create anything one second and look up the next second to realize it’s been hours, and you forgot to eat lunch, missed 15 phone calls, and sucked your coffee dry?

That state of total absorption in something you love is what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls “flow” — he believes it’s the happiest we ever are.

His book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience brought the concept of flow into the mainstream in the 90s, and it’s remained among the best books on creativity for decades. It shows you how to control the state of flow, instead of waiting for it to hit, so you can be more happy and satisfied in everything you do.

“Csikszentmihalyi arrives at an insight that many of us can intuitively grasp, despite our insistent (and culturally supported) denial of this truth. That is, it is not what happens to us that determines our happiness, but the manner in which we make sense of that reality.” 
~ Los Angeles Times

14. Bossypants, by Tina Fey

For inspiration and a good laugh, look no further than Bossypants by Tina Fey. It chronicles her life, time on Saturday Night Live, and what she’s learned from taking creative risks along the way.

Laura, a copywriter on Team Forleo, picked up the book during grad school, and it was just what she needed at a time when she was trying to figure out what to do next.

“Who was this woman who tells it like it is, has a career built on her creativity, and refuses to put up with people’s bullshit? She’s not trying to be anyone but herself — and she’s wildly successful at it.” 
~ Laura, Copywriter

The book inspired Laura to keep creativity in her life no matter what, even if she was just writing or creating for herself.

15. It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden

Ever wish you could channel some Don Draper-esque brilliance to spice up your business or creative projects?

Paul Arden is a real-life advertising guru, and his book shows you how to imbue some Madison Avenue style into your work and personal life to find whatever success you can imagine.

“It’s definitely the first book I give my friends who don’t read that much. I loved its simplicity, and that it sheds light on a lotfff9f7 of different stories, and a lot of different situations while being a very easy read.” 
~ Mohamed El-Dib, Entrepreneur

Also check out Paul’s Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite to learn more about adding creativity to your business and life.

Ultimate Must Read: Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

Have you read my book yet? If not… what are you waiting for?!

Everything Is Figureoutable was an instant No. 1 New York Times bestseller, and it’ll retrain your brain to think more creatively and positively, especially in the face of setbacks.

Whether you want to leave a dead-end job, break an addiction, learn to dance, heal a relationship, or grow a business, Everything is Figureoutable will show you how. 

Now, I’d love to hear from you. 

What creativity book has made the biggest impact on your creative growth and why? 

Tell me in the comments below. 

Remember, everything you do in life requires creativity, imagination, and determination. You were born to create and contribute. Keep going. 

With enormous love,

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  1. Hahaha! I completely agree about the shitty first draft, and love Bird by Bird.
    Sometimes I send snapshots of my x-ed-out and scribbled-over sentences, paragraphs, and entire pages to my writing buddies because I’m weirdly proud. When I figure out what I don’t want to say, I’m so much closer to what I do want to say. I think it’s a huge step forward.
    Plus it’s so much easier to change a paragraph than it is to change your career, your relationship, or even your car tires. It’s kind of an honor that re-writing stuff is the challenge I’m up against every day.
    Half of the books on this list CHANGED MY LIFE! So I’m sure the other half will too. Thank you so much for this!

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      I love how you phrase the challenge of re-writing as an honor. What a positive perspective to keep you writing! Keep up those scribbles and revisions. Here’s to getting the words out on paper.

  2. Jo

    The War of Art is my bible, my go to, my everything when it comes to needing inspiration and a good kick in the butt to get going! It never gets old and yet the book itself is rather crumpled, let’s say, well used! Love Steven Pressfield! Thankyou for the reminder 🙂

  3. I don’t have specyfic book that made huge impact on me…
    Well… I started to like reading when I read “W pustyni i w puszczy” (H. Sienkiewicz, “In Desert and Wilderness”). It was something that we read in school, but I read later (sumer holiday) inmy own peace and it ended up being interesting. That was shocking for me.
    It started to change how I looked at books.

    Some years later I foud out that I have imagination and inspired by the words of my teacher (writed on one of my asigments) I started to write my own stories.

  4. Oluwaseun

    All this books are incredible and highly recommend, Thank you for sharing this with us.

  5. Thank you for this list!!! I have many but I will add the others too! I’ve written a book to unlock creativity Give Me Back My Crayons!! Creative cues after each chapter for parents and teachers!!! Check it out !! Luv your Self-care Saturday ~ JoAnn Nocera

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      I love that title, Joann! Congrats on writing a book — we’re sending you big Team Forleo high-fives ?

  6. I have to trust the guidance of creative fear, and boy do I have that. The Copy Cure notes sent during B-School were fabulous. I resonated with it all and particularly enjoyed knowing that I too write as if I’m speaking to the reader, like having a conversation. Yet I am so fearful of getting my first book down on paper. I have written articles years ago and the flow was incredible. That is the way I can write. But now I’m scared and procrastinating like hell is knocking on my door. So this must be very right for my soul. I know it is. So I’ll get the shittiest versions out first and see where it leads. I have to sit down and jfdi. Wish me luck.

  7. Thank you for this!!!
    The War of Art is next in my TBR pile after I finish Untamed by Glennon Doyle (which is wiping my feet out from under me every few pages so i’m taking my damn time!!) and I hadn’t heard of Embrace Your Weird but it sounds very much what I need right now as I try to find my voice in these strange times <3

  8. OMG!!!!! Best list evah! Creativity is my business jam and I will be adding this to my feed for sure. 🙂 I have read about half of these. And, seriously, I read From the Mixed Up Files when I was a kid – I’m sure it’s what spurred my fascination with art and museums – and bought it again in college to reread. Now my kids read that one. Definitely adding the books I haven’t read to my list. Also a bibliophile – like, I can’t stop with the books. These are two on my nightstand right now that I’m about to dig into: Wired to Create by Scott Barry Kaufman & Caroline Gregoire (I’m also a neuroscience nerd) and The Wander Society by Keri Smith. I also highly recommend Proposals for the Feminine Economy and The Business Birthing Handbook by Jennifer Armbrust, and Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu to help me remember to make things easy and not try to control everything (I have the version translated by Jonathan Star). Thanks Marie & Team!!

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      Thanks so much for your recommendations, Gina! We’re so glad you loved this episode — YAY for creativity. It’s like love: the more you create, the more creative you feel ❤️

  9. Brilliant list – and a few I’ll be investing in as I’d not heard of them! EIF, Big Magic, The War of Art & The Artist’s Way are all complete gamechangers that have altered the path of my mind and my work. I’m currently reading ‘Find Your Creative Voice’ by Lisa Congdon and it is sparking so many ideas for different ways of looking at my skillset and style, I’m hopping up and down with excitement about it. I’ve just launched my first children’s book, so am seeking inspiration for how to move forward and develop my work and skillsets (beyond simply: next book), and Lisa’s book is phenomenal in helping me think through this. Need to hunt through the archives but I wonder if you’ve ever interviewed Lisa, Marie? Will have a look! xox

  10. Thanks so much for these! I was just saying last week…I really need some good books, similar to Everything is Figureoutable, Boss Up and the 5 Second Rule. I am looking forward to picking one from this list! Can’t decide between the The War of Art, Big Magic or Bossy Pants, so looks like its 3 new books for me. And In the Company of Women needs to be on my coffee table for my daughters and their friends to read.

  11. Jenna

    Haha, book recs! I just ordered the 5 a.m. Club from the episode of Marie TV with Robin Sharma, and I’m working toward getting up at 5 and practicing his 20/20/20 rule. The part of this podcast that most resonated with me is Louise’s reading of From the Mixed-Up Files about letting what you’ve learned fill you up–otherwise they just become facts rolling around inside. How true! And as a fellow bookworm, I love that it gives permission to rest and absorb the goodies from a read instead of pushing, pushing, pushing for the “next secret”. For a recommendation of fiction, I read Circe by Madeline Miller at the beginning of April and that story is still haunting me, even after reading three other books.

    • Kate - Team Forleo

      Hey Jenna, we’re so glad to hear how that passage resonates with you. It certainly lit a spark in me, too. Here’s to feeling all the creativity and sparks inside ?We hope you love The 5 AM Club, and thanks for the Circe recommendation!

  12. Joy

    Thanks, Marie!!! I’m going to re-read “The War of Art” right now! I NEED this today! Thanks for the inspiration. Always. Continued wellness and safety to you and your team. xoxo

    • Rachel - Team Forleo

      Oooh, beautiful choice, Joy! We’ll never tire of the incredible wisdom Steven Pressfield has to share. Thanks for being here!

  13. David Cobb

    Honestly I haven’t read too many books on Creativity but I just love Marie Forleo book Every thing is Figureoutable! The book has challenged me to Raise my Standards! I had Cancer under 2yrs ago Sometimes I felt still there Mentally when in Reality to my Knowledge I am good for now! The Can’t vs Won’t concept really woke me up to the idea I can be do more and is helping me move pass my mini comfort zone! And fears! I will be reading more of these top ten books! Ty Sooo much! Dave.

    • Rachel - Team Forleo

      Hi Dave! Wow. How inspiring to know how much you’ve gone through — we’re so honored that Marie’s book has been a source of light for you right now. We’ll all be cheering you on over here as you keep pushing forward towards your dreams and goals. Thank you for being here, Dave.

  14. Kay

    Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert! I came across that book when I was at one of the lowest points regarding my creativity. Where I’m originally from, being creative doesn’t pay the bills. The book taught me how to be patient with the process – nothing before its time. Whenever I feel like giving up, I drawback for that book.

  15. Maggie Brennan

    Marie – you must be an incredibly busy woman. When do you find time to read? Seriously, where do you carve time out of your day to read this much? Give us your tips!

  16. Laura

    This is crazy timely. I just downloaded #2 & #3! I’m listening to Big Magic and reading Julia Cameron’s….in fact I just today began my morning pages. Thanks to your work, I downloaded War of Art a couple years ago! Thank you, thank you for the continued inspiration!

    • Rachel - Team Forleo

      That timing, Laura — so meant to be! Enjoy soaking up all the great wisdom they have to share, and thanks for being here 🙂

  17. Matilde van der Zel

    My uncle who is a published writer here in the Netherlands suggested I read “Writing down the bones” by Nathalie Goldberg. It gave me the courage to start writing for fun, creatively. I have been a voracious fiction reader my whole life, but I never thought I could write myself. In this book (and many of Nathalie’s later books) you are shown how nothing can stop you from writing. You can just start at any moment to freely write. So encouraging! Whenever I feel stuck, I pick up my pen and notebook, set my timer for 10 minutes and just write. Go!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Sounds amazing, Matilde! Thank you so much for sharing this writing book with us here ? We’re wishing you such happy, continued writing!

  18. Hi Marie. My favorite book is The War of Art by far. Pressfield cuts through the crap and explains why you procrastinate from doing your work. Resistance will kill you and your great plans if you don’t realize what’s going on. Pressfield speaks the truth. By the way, your interview with him was super!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      YAS, Mike! We’re so happy to hear Steven’s work and that book have been a powerful motivating force for you. And so glad you enjoyed our interview(s) with him, as well! Be sure to Google “Marie Forleo Steven Pressfield” for more goodness☺️

  19. I loved this podcast so much! About 15 months ago, I listened to Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird on Audible, and it helped me start writing professionally – something I always wanted to do and am now turning into my career day by day. It’s such a good one!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Beautiful, Celeste! We LOVE hearing how that book has supported you in your writing career. Hooray! ??

  20. Marisha

    Thank you for this list! I haven’t read many books on creativity, but one of my favorite books (or rather, set of books) is The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis. He has such a unique way of looking at things and drawing things out and expressing them- and I tend to absorb the voice and way of thinking of whatever I’m reading, so it helps me look at things differently and my mind to stretch.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Thank you so much for sharing, Marisha – sounds absolutely wonderful! We’re all for looking at things differently and stretching our minds. C.S. Lewis is fantastic!

  21. Kate

    Thanks Marie for another inspiring episode. As an ex-librarian I’ve always loved books. My mother encouraged my sister and I to borrow books from our local library from the time when we were very young. Making more time to read is one of the upsides of this lockdown.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Libraries really are so magical, Kate! And yes – that truly is a special gift of this time ??

  22. The one who got my attention is Bossypants
    Thinking about reading it.
    I liked Tina Fey in Megamind 🙂

  23. Loved this episode. It just arrived at the right time. I am experiencing all what you mentioned in the email unworthy, unfocused, flat out exhausted. I am reviewing an article for a scientific journal publication and yes the challenge seems insurmountable. It is just soothing to hear from different people that it is normal. And Yes I am scared to death. Thank you for the invitation to embrace it. One book that really helps me stay grounded while writing is Earth Joy Writing. By Cassie Premo Steel. The connection with the seasons is just timeless and seems to always speak to what I am experiencing in the moment

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Those feelings are completely normal, Sondos, you’re not alone! You can SO do this. We’ll be cheering you on big time over here. And thank you for sharing about Earth Joy Writing with us – sounds like such a beautiful framework! ??

  24. Definitely, The Artist´s Way changed my life, my way of looking at things outside myself and it also showed me a way to know myself a bit more. I´m writing down notes of the books you mention, and I´m waiting to read yours. I hope I can handle all of these in English, I guess it would be a double challenge for me (something I love, btw).
    Thank you, Marie, for the big impact you´re spreading with inspiring and sincere words.
    Love from Greece (with Argentinian heart),
    XX

  25. Thank you for this list! These 3
    These 3-
    Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott,
    The Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron
    Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edward
    formed a doorway through which I entered and live out of my creative self. Grateful for books and the people who wrote and live them for showing how to live courageously the creative way. I am truly looking forward to reading Everything is Figureoutable!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      We’re so grateful, too, Nancy! And so happy to hear that these books also impacted you and your creativity deeply. We hope you LOVE Everything is Figureoutable!

  26. Can’t wait to read BossyPants and listen to your new book!

  27. definitely gonna read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield I mean just the title sound’s awesome

  28. TGC

    Love, love, love The War of Art! I would also recommend most of Pressfield’s fiction work.

  29. Marie … Much gratitude for this wonderful list. In my 20s I totally loved Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. More recently I love Bird by Bird for the advice that if you have survived childhood, you have mountains of material to write about. And last year I fell for your book, Everything is Figureoutable, because it made me realise I don’t have to “be just one thing”. It also evoked memories of my childhood with my mother teaching me that “Where there is will there is a way,” and “You can do anything you set your mind to.” Thanks Marie.

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Thank you SO much for sharing this, Kathy! How lovely that your mother instilled those powerful mindsets in you at a young age. We love hearing that Everything is Figureoutable was affirming for you, as well! ❤️

  30. Marie,

    What a great article and book suggestion!
    Hope everyone is keeping well and doing great.

    What i found is that CREATIVITY comes when you don’t really push yourself too much.
    For example, when I need to come up with a creative Facebook Ads copy for my customers and I think and think sometimes feel empty and all ideas don’t look that great and exciting…
    Ad You Do need to be CREATIVE creating Adverts…You need to grab attention and stop people scrolling…You need a creative copy, that converts and VISUALS,since its the first part that sticks. and yeee, nobody wants boring stuff. People see thousands of ads every months, so there is a big chance of AD BLINDNESS? visitors ignore and don’t even see banner-like information.

    But here is what i found and helps me massively in any kind of creativity:
    1. I feel creative when everybody sleeps. That pure harmony and silence….love it! Oh no, I am not saying go ahead and do what i do. But sure, somebody can benefit of course.
    2. Curiosity will lead you to creativity. Often are times, when I am getting curious and that leads into creativity…seriously. Human creatives are very curious. Agree. I know…right? 😉
    3. nature, some activity also power me up. try it-guaranteed results.

    By the way, just lately I got so much into creativity. Like never ever before. its probably the lock-down side effect…
    I am a Digital Marketer. But if you do all the time what you do and the virus comes, its osooo hard to concentrate and keep FOCUS. the first few days I was all over the place…only checking in the news every day the first thing i wake up…i ecided to cut the news…I realised that soemtimes less is more…the less i know, the better I fell. News at this point in our lives is only for STRONG people, not for emotional creatures like me…

    so guess what.I lost myself in CREATIVITY. I got so much in t art and design. Literally iI have repainted a few rooms in my house (can’t get more paint….not even online) and have the ideas listed what I am going to do and thinking about more. Interior design took me in so deep.
    Just LOVING IN….
    A little piece of advice.Do something new, something you have never done…TRUST me- you will forget everything in the world. Get lost and ENJOY.

    HAPPY creative days to Marie, Marie TEAM and every one 😉 wink wink

  31. Ema

    Thank you for the must-read list. Just finished, “The 5 Second Rule” and “Can’t Hurt Me”. Cannot wait to read “Everything is Figureoutable” and the other books on this remarkable list!

    • Julia - Team Forleo

      Awesome, Ema! Thank you for sharing what you’re reading, as well! We hope you love Everything is Figureoutable and get so much out of all these books ? Happy reading!

  32. Rhonda S.

    This list is absolutely amazing! I have to thank you for including my all-time favorite book from my childhood. “From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler” is the book that taught me it’s okay to think big, follow your instincts and life doesn’t have to be safe and boring! I must have read my copy dozens of times. Thank you for bringing it to light for people who aren’t aware of its existence.

    As my favorite creativity book as an adult…I would choose “Finding The Bunny: The Secrets of America’s Most Influential and Invisible Art Revealed Through The Struggles of One Woman’s Journey” by Samantha Paris. This book not only gives you a peek into the voice-over industry (which touches each of our lives every day whether we know it or not) it also shows you how Ms. Paris’ career and emotional journey revealed new opportunities for creativity and joy. She truly believes that talent can be taught and if you are willing to put in the work you will succeed at your dreams whatever they are. One of the things that I love so much in her story is her vulnerability and her willingness to show us her humanity. As she says, “We are all perfect in our imperfection”. I highly recommend picking up this book and taking the journey to see where it leads you.

    • Renee – Team Forleo

      Yaas! We’re so glad this list brought you joy, Rhonda! And thank you so much for these suggestions –– we love hearing about everyone’s favorite books. Thanks for shining your light in our world! ? Happy reading!

  33. I would love to read one of these books. I’m interested in “Embrace Your Weird by Felicia Day”. Thanks for introducing these interesting books.

  34. Thank you so much for this incredible post! Many books on the list are beloved, life-changing reads – and I’m excited to crack open some new recommendations!

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