The Big Thing
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The Big Thing

Phyllis Korkki

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The Big Thing

Phyllis Korkki

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About This Book

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—including her own experience writing this book.

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, 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.

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

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Publisher
Harper
Year
2016
ISBN
9780062384324

Table of contents

  1. Dedication
  2. Contents
  3. Introduction
  4. One: The Value of the Long Arc
  5. Two: Mind and Body
  6. Three: In Bed with the Big Thing
  7. Four: The Intensity of Illness
  8. Five: It’s About the Experience
  9. Six: Giving Up, for Now or Forever
  10. Seven: Through the Ages
  11. Eight: The Big Thing and Your Day Job
  12. Nine: You’re Not Alone
  13. Ten: Love and Work
  14. Eleven: It All Adds Up
  15. Acknowledgments
  16. Notes
  17. About the Author
  18. Credits
  19. Copyright
  20. About the Publisher