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Life Without Envy: Ego Management for Creative People

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Life Without Envy by Camille DeAngelis is a game-changer for artists of all stripes: a practical guide for navigating the feelings of jealousy, frustration, and inadequacy we all experience to create a happy life regardless of how your career is (or isn’t) going. In these pages you'll find strategies for escaping the negative feedback loop you get stuck in whenever you com ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Christine Zibas

"We imprison ourselves in our minds. We enumerate our failures,sulking inside our heads like toddlers who didn't get their way."

If ever there was a book more needed by creative types than this one, I don't yet know it. So many writers, painters, dancers, musicians, sculptors, photographers, and (add your own favorite creative field here) face the demons of ego.

That ugly demon ego, so helpful in assisting us in reliving old traumas, bolstering grudges, revisiting what might have been, and wonder
A book that could have been written just for me and my issues! :) I identified with so much of this that I copied down favorite quotes by hand, hoping to ingrain them more in my brain. I might have to put it on my calendar to just read this a couple times a year.

"Every ego is a matter of selective perception and distorted interpretation." -Eckhart Tolle. A reminder I could use tattooed to my forehead.

"Tenacity is an admirable trait, but much of the time we're tenacious in the wrong way. We clin
Jenn Bishop
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book really spoke to me at the stage in the artist's journey that I find myself in. DeAngelis offers wise real life and creative life lessons applicable to so many creative people. Can't wait to pass this book along to my writing friends. A great read for anyone who likes Cheryl Strayed, Anne Lamott, and Elizabeth Gilbert. ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Would have been more useful to me when my biggest issue with writing was my own mindfuck, not the fact that I have a job and a child. Still, a good quick read for creative types.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This author is a writer, a vegan, and a yogi, so let’s just say I connected with her. This is a beautifully written, fun read that will give a boost to all creative types. My only regret is that I would read it before bed, and may have to go back and reread when I’m not nodding off to sleep.
Mary Kenyon
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quick read. Less than an hour from start to finish. Some good points and wonderful quotes. A little too woo-woo for a five-star rating from this reader, but very good nonetheless.
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an early copy of this hybrid self-help/memoir, and spent a whole day reading it, and soaking in the wisdom between the pages. Life Without Envy: Ego Management for Creative People wants all the artistic souls out there to know one fact: they are not required to have a life of frustration, envy, and bitterness, where each day is another opportunity to compare yourself to those who are more successful.

Camille Deangelis is clearly influenced by Eastern philosophy, but the book never fal
Jennifer S. Brown
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is a gem for all creative people--and perhaps even non-creative people, because the wisdom given is useful in all facets of life. I'm not a woo-woo person, so I was admittedly hesitant at the early reference to Eckhart Tolle. Yet this book takes pieces from such a variety of sources that I found myself repeatedly having "A ha!" and "Yes, this is me!" moments.

The joy of this book is tiny bite-sized chapters that gave me real food for thought while also providing concrete suggestions on
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I'm not an artist, so I wasn't entirely sure what this book would have to offer me. But I was pleasantly surprised to find a quick, light-hearted read that nevertheless spoke to serious, core issues that reside in all of us, artists or otherwise. As someone who is at a crossroads in my life, dealing with past trauma and trying to determine just what lies ahead of me, I found this book inspiring. So whether you consider yourself an artist or not, I think you will find something of value in this b ...more
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so satisfying to read. It has a lot of ideas and brings to mind many of what's been written before in bite-sized pieces. So many writers insert their own experience and it takes away from the focus, but not this one. She offers just enough to relate the message and gets on with it. Lots of takeaways, lots of healthy reminders. This book acts like a devotional almost where any page you turn to, it can bring some sort of reassurance. I am thinking of getting my own copy once it's out! ...more
Ellen Pilch
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, but that doesn't effect my opinion. I loved this nook and found it easy to read and quite helpful. I don't know about you, but it is hard to never feel envious in today's world with people constantly showing off on Facebook. This book will help you stop comparing yourself to others and find you true you. It is filled with tips to help you relax and just be the you that you were meant to be. This book is geared to those in creative jobs, but I recommend it ...more
This is an incredible and delightful read! It read quickly for me not only because of its short length, but also because the author has a beautiful and strong voice that connected to my soul. This book is now among my absolute favorites on living a creative life! DeAngelis is so inviting with her words, but will also call you out for your crap. She says it like it is and mentions aspects that most other artists don't talk about (like how up deal with that little voice that speaks up when a frien ...more
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Life Without Envy. Camille DeAngelis has tackled the intriguing subject of the role ego plays in a writer’s or artist’s life and creative work. She does so with wise insights, memorable quotations from famous creators and philosophers, advice, and humor. How can you keep doing the creative work you love rather than allow every shifting wind to affect you, whether it’s a less-than-stellar review or your envious feelings towards your more successful frien ...more
Hanan Shahin
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has changed my perspective of the ego, in a very good way. This is the first book I read for Camille DeAngelis and I don't want it to be the last. I am intrigued to read her novels. Life Without Envy is a very interesting book that I would recommend to people who practice art or those who do not. It is definitely a must-read. ...more
R.L. Maizes
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book full of wisdom and practical strategies for freeing up energy wasted on envy. DeAngelis is a marvelous writer and she has put together a book that is both moving and useful. It is the kind of book I will go back to again and again, turning to its advice whenever I feel jealous or entitled, whenever I forget that fulfillment is not found in external recognition.
May 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not quite my thing. Didn't find it all that interesting. Some nice quotes and bits of artwork. ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think this is the kind of book I should have read gradually. The chapters are very short and full of good things to ruminate on. I may revisit this book in the future.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A release of the inner demons of manifestation and expression, to discover that you fly
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a thoughtful book with clear advice and specific pointers for the kind of creative life I want to lead. Will be applying what I learned here for sure!
Marissa Rapone
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So much wisdom in this little book! Highly recommend for all creatives and non-creatives; excellent life advice in general.
Darcy Diana
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, 3
It was a decent read. I kind of zoned out with some of the chapters but I was still interested overall. I would recommend to a friend.
Lucy Mitchell
Oct 31, 2019 rated it liked it
It was well written, the quotes were good and references to her experiences were interesting but I am comparing myself to other authors now I have finished it.

Think I am a lost cause!
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A lovely little book full of all different kinds of wisdom. Makes you feel calmer and more contented just to read it.

Read it in 2 sittings!
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was book an easy and enjoyable read. I found it helpful as an artist, easy to relate to and thoughtful messaging on common gripes.
100% recommend.
Sarah Lee
This book was very positive and uplifting, letting me know that there is someone else out there that sometimes feels the same way I do about being creative or just our personal self. Though this says for creative people, I really think this book would be positive for anyone to read even if they do not think of themselves as creative. The message is important to all of us! This book was just what I needed at this time of crossroads of getting back into regular crafting in my life! It did have a f ...more
Brandie Gruss
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my new favorites! I didn't think it would be for me but picked it up as a quick read in the morning for my daily personal development check-in and I'm so glad I did. It's simplistic, yet real-life insights reached out to me. I'll be reading this one again in the future. ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The cover of this book jumped out at me while I was wandering aimlessly through the library. The splashy vivid watercolors and appallingly frank subtitle appealed. I'm grateful that Camille DeAngelis was willing to be so honest about her struggles as a outwardly-successful writer.

I appreciated this book's honesty. This will resonate with most readers. In an early page, there's a chaotic page demonstrating the miserable thoughts that she goes through when she's feeling envious and unappreciated.
Bobby Claude
I got this book from one of the Goodreads give-aways, and I really enjoyed it. Read it all in one day. This is a great book. It gives great insight into how we are in charge of our own lives, and more importantly we are in charge of our mind and our ego. She tells us that we shouldn't be comparing ourselves to others, when we should be happy to celebrate with them about their fortune. There are many useful tips and tricks in this book that will make it much easier to get rid of the negative "tic ...more
Katherine Lyle
Jan 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This has some great points and lovely quotes! They're kind of few and far between, though, in the sort of more muddled string of musings and literary evidence that was, what sounds like, the author's mindfulness exercises in her journal. But I appreciate her brain, she's clearly so intelligent and also actively working at bettering herself each day, which is inspiring in itself. Would recommend picking up Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert before this though, as they have similar ideologies, with Gi ...more
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Some good advice here, well worth a read to see if something resonates with you. I realize I've read a lot of creativity books, which is why this one may have not seemed groundbreaking, but at times it also comes off a bit trite. The organization, with numbered "myths" and random quotes and asides didn't flow well for me. ...more
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“If we don't acknowledge what we feel---if we don't process it in a similar manner to an invoice we receive in the mail---those feelings will take up residence inside us. Your envy and frustration will become part of your fabric of muscle and bone and tendon. You carry your disappointment in your blood. It courses through you and keeps you stuck. And as we've seen, these snarls of energy inside your organs affect everyone around you too.” 0 likes
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