Motivation for Creative People by Mark McGuiness – Book review

I found this book by accident one day, and the title grabbed my attention, so I decided to download it on my kindle and read it. As we are all creative folks here, I thought it would be a great book to review and hopefully be able to recommend it.

Mark McGuiness is a poet and life coach who self-published this title in 2015. I am always a fan of people who are self-starters and self-motivated and self-publishing is something I would love to do in the future. I admire the guts it takes to create something like a book and put it out there.

This book is available for download as an eBook, and you can also purchase a paperback version. I got my eBook version from Amazon for less than $4 Canadian, such a good price!

Mark’s style of writing is conversational and this book is an easy read. There are no jargon here, just plain and simple language. Mark writes very well, and articulates his ideas clearly. I love how transparent Mark is. You feel like you are sitting in a room with him and listening to him chat.

The content of this book resonated with me deeply. He talks about all of the different types of motivations, those that come from within us (intrinsic) and those that are outside ourselves (extrinsic), and how to balance these for maximum creative output.

Chapter 14 was a goldmine for me. It all about our values and how to figure out what are values are and how to work with them in mind…Do you ever wonder why some tasks seem boring, or more difficult than others to do? Maybe it’s a value based issue. Maybe your values are being compromised and that is why you are not as motivated to do the work. This chapter alone was worth buying this book alone for me.

I am very happy to recommend this book to all creative types. There’s a lot of value here!

Mark McGuiness is also a blogger and you can find his blog at for his poetry (which is really good) or at his creative coaching site is  LateralAction

Thank you for allowing me to share with you this great little gem!


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