From “Show Your Work:” Quotes Pt. 3

In this third, and final, segment on "Show Your Work," we get insight from Austin Kleon about trolls, money and carrying on.

Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work balances the conversation about sharing by letting readers know that openness will bring them into contact with people who will benefit them and people who won’t.

He also addresses creativity and money, subjects some believe shouldn’t be connected.

On Preparing for the Results…


“When you put your work out into the world, you have to be ready for the good, the bad and the ugly.”


On Feedback….

“The first step in evaluating feedback is sizing up who it came from. You want feedback from people who care about you and what you do…A troll is a person who isn’t interested in improving your work…You will gain nothing by engaging with these people.”


“Having your work hated by certain people is a badge of honor.”


About Money…

“We all have to get over our “starving artist” romanticism and the idea that touching money inherently corrupts creativity.”



“Don’t be afraid to charge for your work, but put a price on it that you think is fair.”


On Expansion and Opportunity…

“Don’t hobble yourself in the name of “keeping it real” or “not selling out.”

On Finishing a Project…

“Instead of taking a break in between projects, waiting for feedback, and worrying about what’s next, use the end of one project to light up the next one.”

Final thought…

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time…work while the world is sleeping and share while the world is at work.”

If you missed it, check out Part 1: Why You Should Show Your Work and Part 2: How You Should Show Your Work