Book Reviews

Getting Inspired: In the Company of Women


I’m drinking up In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney. It’s a collection of interviews with a ton of women, but it’s real talk about building a business and the creative process. Actual questions: “In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you build yourself up? and “What is your no-fail go-to when you need inspiration or to get out of a creative rut?”

Here are some of my favorite answers.

Name the biggest overall lesson you’ve learned in running a business.

“Most of the time things won’t turn out the way you expect, and that’s usually not a bad thing. Don’t let go of your goals, but let go of your expectations.” — Elise Kornack, Chef & Restauranteur

What is your personal or professional motto?

“Be relentless, be ambitious, be excellent.” — Roxane Gay, Writer & Professor

What quotation or saying inspires and motivates you to be yourself and do what you love?

“The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing.” — Amy Poehler (from Veronica Corzo-Duchardt, Graphic Designer & Artist)

What’s the first thing you do every morning to start your day on the right foot?

“I eat two breakfasts. One sweet and one savory.” — Gauri Nanda, Product Designer

Pretty sure I’ll be adopting that last one ASAP.

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