Author : Amanda Palmer
: Description :
Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world’s most successful music Kickstarter.
: My Thoughts :
I absolutely loved this book, and I love Amanda Palmer. I have spent nearly two decades of my life chasing that corporate IPO dream. And in every single case, those pursuits have ended up in heartbreak and painful loss. I was financially disappointed in each case, and further anguished for having wasted so much of my life putting time and energy in the pursuit of others’ dreams, others who didn’t always make what I thought were the right moral choices in a given situation. This, I was told, is how business works. “It is a cutthroat world,” is what people would say. However, for the past few years I have dedicated myself to my local Portland web hosting and design business, Host Pond Web Hosting, with no desire or intent to go public or get rich. Instead, I enjoy extreme happiness by connecting with individual people while helping them build a website for their small business. With The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer inspires me and reminds me of why I do what I do. She is a role model for how I want to run my business — with trust, integrity, and most of all, connecting with my customers like she connects with her fans. Much love for Amanda Palmer.