I am a book worm; I am probably the easiest person to buy gifts for.
Just get me a book.
Every Christmas I receive dozens of them — and this Christmas was no different.
One of the books I received has been, simply put, addictive. The book is Stefan Bucher’s 344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment, and I haven’t been able to put it down since Christmas morning for two reasons:
This pocket-sized, colorful book is short — only 139 pages illustrated in Stefan Bucher’s unique, whimsical style. But each page is more thought-provoking than anything else you’ve probably read.
Mostly because this isn’t a book you read.
You use it. You write in it. You answer hundreds of questions that get you thinking, drawing and jotting down ideas.
Some questions are dead serious and others are humorous. Some are very specific and others are general and overwhelming. Some questions you can answer immediately, while others leave you pondering for days or weeks. Some questions will taunt you everywhere you go. Some answers will dawn on you when you least expect it; you’ll have to work hard for others. Some answers will be one-worded and others will require sticky notes and eight additional pages.
You can go through the entire book as a sequence or pick random sections that you think apply to your current situation. You can find inspiration from your favorite brilliant minds such as Marian Bantjes, Russell Davies, Ze Frank, Christoph Niemann, Stefan Sagmeister, Jakob Trollbäck, Doyald Young, and Tarsem, among many others.
One thing you can’t do is go through the book in one setting, as I attempted.
Just bring it with you everywhere you go, even meetings.
As Bucher puts it:
Although the title of the book mentions words such as “creative person” and “artistic fulfillment”, don’t let that mislead you. This isn’t a book just for copywriters and art directors, but for everyone who is making things. This book is the perfect tool to discover who you are, what you believe in and what inspires you.
It’s the kick in the butt you need.
Start with a few of my favorite questions.
How would you describe your life in one sentence?
Do you think you are average?
How would you define the difference between a hope and a goal?
What else do you do to sabotage yourself?
How are you educating yourself?
Do you need inspiration or motivation?
Are you responsible to your ideas?
How exactly do you think you work?
What’s the most important thing people are going to remember you for in the profession?
Are you taking risks?
Are you still experimenting?
Is “Do no harm” good enough?
What’s your purpose?
Is it something you want to do or are you avoiding dealing with life?
Who are you?
You don’t have to wait for your birthday, the end of the year or any other socially imposed date to start reflecting on your personal and professional life. You can begin your journey to self-discovery at any time.