A certain member of the Next Big Idea Club staff—possibly the person writing this sentence—spent the first fifteen years of his life believing he was entirely “left-brained.” He gravitated toward math and science, assuming that he was far too analytical to pursue something more creative.
But as he grew up, he realized that he loved reading and writing most of all. To his great surprise, it turned out that he actually was creative. Or rather, he could be—if he practiced a bit. So if you, too, would like to cultivate your creative spirit, below you’ll find the books that I—whoops, he—wishes he could have read sooner.
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The Eye Test: A Case for Human Creativity in the Age of Analytics
By Chris Jones
In a world increasingly ruled by numbers and algorithms, an award-winning journalist makes a compelling case for a more personal approach to analytical thinking. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Chris Jones, in the Next Big Idea App
Choose Your Story, Change Your Life: Silence Your Inner Critic and Rewrite Your Life from the Inside Out
By Kindra Hall
This eye-opening journey will transform you from a passive listener of limiting, unconscious thoughts into the definitive author of who you are and everything you want to be. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Kindra Hall, in the Next Big Idea App
Tracking Wonder: Reclaiming a Life of Meaning and Possibility in a World Obsessed with Productivity
By Jeffrey Davis
A refreshing counter-voice to the exhausting narrative hyper-productivity, Tracking Wonder is a welcome guide for experiencing more meaning and joy in the present moment as you bring your greatest contributions to life. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Jeffrey Davis, in the Next Big Idea App
The Deadline Effect: How to Work Like It’s the Last Minute―Before the Last Minute
By Christopher Cox
A veteran magazine editor explains the creative advantages of deadlines, the dynamics of teams and customers, and techniques for using deadlines to make better, more effective decisions. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Christopher Cox, in the Next Big Idea App
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