This book is not all platitudes and anecdotes. It outlines a wealth of specific ideas, attitudes, and actions that, taken together, form the foundation for a lengthy and successful career in a very difficult field.
And it’s all from personal experience. Steve is one of the only two humans to ever have produced and directed a feature animated film (Brad Lewis being the other), and that gives him a remarkable vantage point into both the creative and production sides of the industry.
Among the gems I mined for future application were Steve’s four ways to avoid procrastination, his strategy for taking inventory of and addressing personal weaknesses, and his voracious passion for watching films.
Because the advice covers Steve’s three decades worth of industry experience, there really is something for everyone. Having spent two years in the industry, I took the most notes from the section about excelling at your day to day job once you have one.
The section on breaking in, though less explicitly applicable to me, was still filled with principles crucial to any stage of a career. And the latter half of the book, which involves growing in leadership and supervising a team, was challenging and fascinating, and I’ll be sure to keep it on hand should that opportunity ever arise.
Ever since I started working in the industry, I’ve searched for a roadmap, an answer to the question, “I’ve got a job – now what?” With this book, Steve has provides just that and more.
The overall all thrust seems to focus on the one thing in your control: your attitude. If you get that right, Steve argues, and add a healthy dose of personal discipline, you’re on the right track for a long, fulfilling career.
I cannot agree more, nor can I recommend this book any more highly. Read it now!