Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

This is the first book I’ve read in a while, but I’m glad I did.

Before buying it I was very much in doubt if I should go ahead and buy a Kindle or if should buy the physical book. I’m planning on reading a lot, so a Kindle kind of made sense. It’s not that I really care about having all my books in one place, or being able to read at night without a light, although that does seem nice. It’s more of an environmental thing.
I got as far as having done the Kindle research, finding a good price online and added it to the shopping cart. But then, with the Kindle just sitting there and staring at me, begging me to buy it, I thought; what if I don’t enjoy reading? I tried to convince myself that I would use it a ton. But who knows if I’ll read a lot? I’m prone to chasing shiny things. Hobbies (other than golf) usually don’t last long for me, I just find new ones all the time. So I decided to hold off on buying a kindle untill I was sure I liked reading.

Anyway, I bought a copy of “Show your work! and read it. It’s not a big book, but with English not being my native language, it did take me a few hours. There are quite a few interesting insights in here that made me think. The first one being that getting the eriksaly.com domain was the correct move. I love having my own little place on the web where I can do whatever I want. It’s awesome and if you don’t already have one; get a domain.

“Share what you love, and the people who love the same things will find you.”. This website, or any other online presence I have for that matter, is not to get followers. It’s to connect with people who are interested in the same things as me.

“Teach what you know”
If you learn something, pay it forward and teach other people. That’s why I decided to start my YouTube channel teaching Spring Boot, which is a coding framework for creating APIs. Along with this YouTube channel I’ll also launch a website where I’ll post articles related to programming.

And for anyone who shares anything online; learn to take a punch, and don’t quit. There may come people who say you suck, or can’t teach or write. Take the punches, let them motivate you. And whatever you do: Don’t quit. If you like your own work and you want to share it, keep doing so. Not all your projects will be successes. Some of your projects may even be failures. If you can learn from your failures, others can too.