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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phyllis Korkki Narrator: Sandy Rustin Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9780062472588
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A New York Times business journalist explains why it’s important for people to pursue big creative projects and identifies both the obstacles and the productive habits that emerge on the path to completion.

Whether it’s the Great American Novel or a groundbreaking new app, many people want to create a big thing, but finding the motivation to get started, let alone complete the work, can be daunting. In The Big Thing, New York Times business writer and editor Phyllis Korkki combines real life stories, science, and insights from her own experience to illuminate the factors that drive people to complete big creative projects—and the obstacles that threaten to derail success.

In the course of creating her own big thing—this book—Korkki explores the individual and collaborative projects of others: from memoirs, art installations, and musical works to theater productions, small businesses, and charities. She identifies the main aspects of a big thing, including meaningful goals; focus and effort; the difficulties posed by the demands of everyday life; and the high risk of failure and disappointment. Korkki also breaks down components of the creative process and the characteristics that define it, and offers her thoughts on avoiding procrastination, on staying motivated, scheduling a routine, and overcoming self-doubt and the restrictions of a day job.

Filled with inspiring stories, practical advice, and a refreshing dose of honesty, The Big Thing doesn’t minimize the negative side of such pursuits—including the fact that big projects are hard to complete and raise difficult questions about one’s self-worth.

Wise, humorous, and good-natured, The Big Thing is a meditation on the importance of self-expression and purpose.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A candid look at why we keep our foot on the brakes with our most important ideas—and how to convince ourselves to step on the gas.”

    Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A deeply practical guide…loaded with tips, stories, and research…The Big Thing will inspire you to get it done.”

    Tom Rath, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Korkki’s…hodgepodge of a meta-book—part Malcolm Gladwell-lite behavioral psychology, part self-help writing guide—always manages to be charming.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Part self-help, part memoir, the volume provides examples of a wide variety of people and their undertakings. Korkki…looks at psychological factors that hold people back and provides practical methods for making plans a reality, often trying them out on herself first…Recommended for public libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “Her thoroughly researched stories, intriguing interviews, and self-deprecating style create a fun, thought-provoking read.”


  • “With a supportive tone and gentle but insistent nudging, Korkki urges readers to creatively seize their own great endeavor as it can prove ‘one of the best ways to connect with the world.’ Insightful, encouraging, and universally practical.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Sandy Rustin, narrating with youthful intonation and conversational cadences, mirrors the author’s vulnerability without diminishing the validity of her insights and experience…Will give listeners new freedom to choose—and more energy to move forward with their lives.”


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About the Author

Phyllis Korkki is an assignment editor and reporter for the New York Times Sunday Business section.

About the Narrator

Sandy Rustin is an actress and playwright. Her sketch comedy musical about parenthood, Rated P (For Parenthood), opened to critical acclaim off Broadway at the Westside Theatre in 2012; her one-act comedy, Fireworks, recently won the seventh annual Nor’Eastern Playwriting competition; and her newest full length play, The Cottage, was selected as part of Midtown Direct Rep’s 2013 Theatre in the Loft Reading Series. A graduate of Northwestern University, she currently lives in New York City.