After interviewing me about How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, during which we discussed the importance of creativity, Joel Hornsby, a Social Media Marketing Associate with STIYL Agency, sent me an e-mail and mentioned his 3 favorite books on creativity.
Number 1 was The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. I had forgotten about this treasure, which I have had in my collection for years.
The Artist's Way was released in 1992 and my research indicates that it still sells about 40,000 copies a year. WOW! I thought my The Joy of Not Working ( See Facebook Page for The Joy of Not Working ), which was released in 1991 and still sells around 5,000 copies a year, is still doing well, given that over 95 percent of books don't sell more than 5,000 copies in their lifetime.
Kudos to Julia Cameron for having written such a blockbuster best-selling book with so much staying power that has made an impact on so many people over so many years.
This is an inspiration to me for achieving one of my goals: To have my Life's Secret Handbook: (Reminders for Adventurous Souls Who Want to Make a Big Difference in This World) sell 50,000 copies a year for more than 5 years after it is released. No doubt I will have to use viral marketing and many other book marketing techniques that have helped me 675,000 of my books worldwide. In short, The Artist's Way is an inspiration as well as a spiritual path to higher creativity.
Note: If you have a copy of The Artist's Way, don't lend it to anybody. You likely won't get it back. I lent my first copy and ended having to purchase another one.
Incidentally the creativity quotes in The Artist's Way alone are worth the price of the book: Here are some of the quotes.
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action and because there is only one you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any medium and will be lost." — Martha Graham
"The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels." — Hazart Inayat Khan
"We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stoptrying to conform to our own or to other peoples' models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open." — Shakti Gwain
"Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish." — Ovid