Audiobooks to Spark Creativity

As we arrive at the halfway point of the year, it can feel almost natural to slip right into a rut. Middle of the year and hot weather is the perfect storm for feeling muggy and stagnant. Thankfully, we have the perfect listens for reigniting that flame to get you out of your summer slump.

Creative Confidence by David Kelley and Tom Kelley

Entrepreneur sibling duo David and Tom Kelley bring a powerful and compelling listen on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us. Too often than not, people assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.” But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative. Throughout this listen, the Kelley brothers recount countless stories from their work at startup IDEO, the Stanford, and with many of the world’s top companies. They identify the principles and strategies that can allow us to tap into our creative potential in both our work and personal lives and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems.

The Upside of Being Down by Jen Gotch

In this entertaining, humorous, and inspirational memoir about harnessing your creativity and embracing your flaws to reach your goals, founder Jen Gotch shares the empowering story of her unlikely journey to becoming the creator and CCO of a multimillion-dollar lifestyle brand. From her childhood in Florida where her early struggles with bipolar disorder were misdiagnosed, to her winding career path as a waitress, photographer, food stylist, and finally, an entrepreneur with no business experience, she illuminates how embracing her flaws and understanding the influence of mental illness on her creativity actually led to her greatest successes in business and life.

This listen will bolster your understanding of how mental and physical health can play a huge role in reigniting that flame and ultimately sparking creativity.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert’s books are known for sparking creativity and inspiring the masses. In this listen, Gilbert digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic unlocks a world where that can happen freely and creatively as allowed.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

This listen is fit for generations of writers and creatives, both young and old, Bird by Bird is a modern classic that will continue to spark creative minds for years to come. For a quarter-century, more than a million readers—scribes and scribblers of all ages and abilities—have been inspired by Anne Lamott’s hilarious, big-hearted, homespun advice.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso, the original “Girl Boss” spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By the ripe age of twenty-two, she had dropped out of school, leaving her broke, and directionless. It was at that point that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Flash forward over ten years, and she’s the founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal, a $250-million-plus fashion retailer with more than four hundred employees. #GIRLBOSS is the perfect listen for those who may feel like success could never happen to them, or who feel stuck in their situation. Amoruso will spill her guts and tell you just about every reason why to always stick with your ambitions, regardless of where you have come from.

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