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Ever notice that the world is full of experts who have never actually done what they are "experts" at?

Many a business professor has never actually managed a business. Most business courses stress defining business terms but never actually teach the concepts of running a business.

This blog hopes to teach some of the terms and, at the same time, give some examples and lessons on running a business.

There will also be reviews of books on business listed here. Sometimes companies give me books to review. Regardless of where I get the book to review, I will give my honest opinion. If I was given the book to review I will always disclose that in the review.

I seek to start posting on 02 January 2012. Some of the posts will be recycled from some of my other blogs.

The reader should know that there is no one “Right Way” to conduct business that will apply in all situations. This blog is meant as a place to start. It is hoped that you will perform further research and consult professionals experienced in your particular business before making any important decisions.

11 July 2017

Book Review: Real Artists Don't Starve

You have all heard the old cliches about starving artists.  I have been guilty of thinking that myself but, that just ain’t so.  When our daughters started studying theatre I thought, “They will starve. I need to make me some money to support them”.  But you know what, I was wrong.

A University of Houston theatre professor set me straight.  I learned that real artist thrive.  Then, Jeff Goins introduced this book, Real Artist Don’t Starve, and I learned even more how wrong I was.

In business, the concept of a starving artist would be referred to as a “Vital Lie”. A vital lie is something that is believed by most and is so ingrained in our minds that we believe it to be true and so are unwilling to challenge it.

This is very much like the once-believed notion that no one could break the four-minute mile and that the human body could not withstand speeds in excess of 10 miles per hour.  

It is also like the concept an elephant learns when it is young.  A young elephant is tied to a stake and tugs and tugs and can’t get loose.  After a while, he stops tugging.  Then, when he possesses the strength to actually pull up the stake, he doesn’t even try.

Jeff Goins addresses the notion held by many that artists must starve.  He takes it and, in the Texas vernacular, yells “Bull Corn” and throws it right back.

Real Artists Don’t Starve is a great inspiration.  It is well-written and very well-researched.  Mr. Goins has a style that makes it fun to read the book and, if you aren’t careful, you might learn something.  I sure did.

Did you know that there is a thriving artist who once walked on the moon?  This old redneck did not.  

Not only did I learn about artists, I learned about great business men, too.  In some cases, one person was both.

I also learned about one of my idols, Jim Henson.  Wow, what a story.  I never knew what I did not know about him.

I loved Real Artists Don’t Starve so much that I read it in one session.  I did stop to eat a few times but, this big old redneck ain’t ever gonna be confused with being a starving artist anyway.

I give this book all five stars on our scale of zero to five stars.  I also give it two snaps up in a circle, a bag of chips, and a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts for good measure.  
5 Star Review

You will love your copy of Real Artists Don’t Starve.  We here at Manian Debil Productions intend to buy at least two more copies to pass along to artists we know and love.  We aren’t going to give up our copy.  You won’t want to turn loose of your copy either.  It is just that good.  

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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  1. Great review. Sounds like a good book.

    1. It is a wonderful book and very entertaining. Have a great week.