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Feck Perfuction: Dangerous Ideas on the Business of Life (Business Books, Graphic Design Books, Books on Success)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  852 ratings  ·  108 reviews
"James Victore is a dangerous man. His ideas on optimizing your creativity, doing wow work, and building a life that inspires will devastate your limits. And show you how to win. Read this book fast." —Robin Sharma, bestselling author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Begin before you're ready and other lessons on living a happy and creative life: Renowned designer and profe
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Chronicle Books
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Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had a bit of a negative attitude when I started reading this book. Another splashy, self-help book, someone trying to be funny and crass. I'll give it 10 pages and call it a day. I was wrong.

Now, if you're the kind of person who gets all fired up by pep rallies and seminars, this is a 5/5 for you. But if you're like me, this book needed to push harder. And, it does. Sometimes, the simplest lessons need to be reminded in the smallest of words. These are short page long 'lessons' distilled into
Mar 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
khoi vinh gave this to me at work so i read it and it was dumb
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
To quote the book:
‘Bad art makes you say, “Wow! Huh?”
Good art makes you say, “Huh? Wow!”’

Well, this book did make me go ‘Wow’ a lot, but it was usually followed by something a lot more vulgar than ‘huh’. Just what the world needed, another Baby Boomer yelling about young people wanting such frivolities as not being homeless. (Section 14 in the book, lest you think I’m joking.)

I don’t know this guy’s life, but it’s obvious that he had some robust fall-back position in case of complete failure whe
Amit Verma
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is awesome little book. Lovely, witty, crist, compact, funny, imaginative and magnetic.
It gives you ideas and perspectives for your life and business.
.Ideas are relevant and practical.
.There is no useless jargon or repetition or useless long quotes.
If you love small witty chapters then you are going to love it.
Author has done every effort to make it useful as well as tasty.
He has given examples from his own life and lessons taught are; although familiar but are told in innovative way.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received a copy of this book for free in a Goodreads giveaway.

It's a short book with 77 little pieces of advice, all of them fitting on one page of text. It's generally good advice, though not exactly groundbreaking. The book felt a little too short, with some things lacking detail or practical advice on how to achieve it. There are sections that just have a phrase or sentence written out in large letters, with no accompanying text. Like "You ain't weird, you're free" - sounds great, but I wis
Nathaniel H.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book convinced me to read more fiction in 2020. If you only read one book this year, you might like this book. If you read a lot, and a lot in this area (Creative Self-Help?) there might not be a lot for you here. I am first to admit the problem is probably me and not this book. The only dangerous idea I found was the suggestion one should use their rent money to fund their art. Please don't do that.

And please, read the other reviews of this book, most people seem to love it. For me, I'm g
Shweta Ganesh Kumar
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Motivational at first glance. Creative for sure and the kind of the book that makes you want to get up and take life by the balls, but, but, but also with no real actionable suggestions. And also with a complete blind eye turned towards things like systemic and systematic discrimination because of gender, race and economic background. Best for those who are creatively stuck and are looking for anything to pull them out of their slump.
Yuan Guo
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
It's ok as an inspo and self improving book, however it tends to over simplify all the problems creatives face in their careers. Also - it contradict itself at times from chapter to chapter. ...more
Diego Parada Herrera
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspiration
This is hands down one of the best books I've ever read. Not because it is a Literature masterpiece or something, but because it is full of true, inspired and practical advice for life and for work. Each page contains simple, direct and meaningful wisdom. I read one page each day and it helped me start the day full of energy, inspiration and insights about people and about myself. James Victore is one of the greatest creatives of our time and offers great advice for every person, specially those ...more
Randa Mashnouk
Jun 07, 2020 rated it liked it
A light read, definitely worth your time if you're in need of a pick me up or motivation to live by.

"Bad art makes you say, “Wow! Huh?”
Good art makes you say, “Huh? Wow!”"

"You don’t have to feed your audience information they already know in a way they already expect. Play with their senses and tease their rational way of thinking. Trust your audience’s curiosity. Whether they confess it or not, the public wants to be intellectually challenged, not spoon-fed a common, boring, or “right” answer.
Donia Al-Issa
Sep 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Another pretentious “self-help” book written for the privileged upper class white American by a privileged upper class white American. Also really over the whole use of profanity in the title of books to grab attention and come off as edgy.

I wish there were self help books that offer ACTUAL guidance for creatives on how they can pursue their creativity besides being aggressive about quitting your 9-5 and ignoring the opinion of your family. This whole movement of “self help”/“self love” often c
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Almost every page gave me a thought or an idea. I just couldn’t bring myself to put it down because I was so enthralled. I had to know what was coming next.
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Thought - provoking. One which I'll come back to time and again when I need a creative boost. ...more
Arlette Go
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As everything he does, this book is bold, rebel full of inspiration and honesty!
A book worth sharing but also keeping, to read it over and over again.
Cher Mendoza
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this book. It definitely is inspirational and relays some pretty good and honest to goodness points that will prompt you to take action.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life. Changing.

I would give my 20 year old self this book and lock her in a room until she finished it because it’s just that good. I think my life would have taken a very different path if I had this book available to me at that time in my life. But even if you’re like me - a 53 year old woman who has lived an amazing life - it still inspires and gives permission to live the life YOU want to live. His beautifully profound words and ideas spark the inner-creative in all of us and give new meani
Feels a lot like Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. Short and to the point, it'll probably function just as well as an app that provides pep talk notifications. ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a work of art, and I mean that in every sense of the word. The design of the cover, the construction of the text, Victore's own art within the pages; it's all about art and creation. I will fully admit that the sole reason that I even picked up this book to begin with was the cover. The flaps fold outward to reveal a more complete cover, where certain words and phrases had been cut off by the folding (all of which is intentional.) Even the title had me at "go," and I was ready to se ...more
Tomas Markevičius
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I haven’t read many so-called inspirational books on creativity, business, etc. so it’s hard to judge this book in the context of that landscape. But my personal experience reading Feck Perfuction was great.

I was always fascinated by Victore’s ideas – I’ve seen him speaking at OFFF festival in Barcelona in 2012, but I’m sure back then I was just too young to understand and to relate to things he was talking about. Well, 8 years later I’m in my 30’s and I feel like this stuff starts to make sense
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
nothing particularly inspiring and I doubt the purpose of it was to do so. if you take it as a self help book, it can be boring. If you take it otherwise, it’s twice as boring; my point is, the whole book speaks face to face to you and it’s like any other conversation you may have with a friend. when you’re having a cuppa with a friend who’s sitting there inspiring you and giving you hope, you don’t just stop them because the genre of their talk is like a self help book. I’m saying this because ...more
Lena Fiala
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book.
While I do acknowledge that there are a couple of areas that could be picked up as controversial (and not without reason) for me personally this book still left me feeling inspired, motivated and a little reassured. And that is what it was supposed to do. And that is why it deserved 5 stars in my eyes. Could you take appart every other statement, look for exceptions and ask: "What about...?" Probably. But as a creative person who is looking for something thought prov
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I checked this book out from the public library. The title caught my attention, then I decided I liked the cover. I decided I had to read this book. I actually took a few pictures of pages because I liked what the written words said to me. I like that this book was matter of fact and to the point. It was not abrasive, but it really told me what I needed to see.
I had never heard of the author before, but I looked him up and now follow him on social media.
The reason for 4/5 stars is because some
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: design
I loved this book when I got my hands on it, and just reading the index made me recommend it to my loved ones. As I dug deeper though, some 'advice' seemed flippant or downright irresponsible.

I'm not sure if it's meant to be read at a stretch. Or in one sitting. If you're down in a slump, or if your creative practice is suffering, pick it up and read a couple of pages. It's full of lovely hand-drawn type, art and page-fulls of nothing. The 'nothing' is generic enough to be applicable to any sort
Shravani Rao
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a motivational book for a particular brand of creatives. It gives advice on why and how to get out of your head and to get into forming creative habits. The chapters are on Voice, Fear, Start, Action, Habits, and Purpose. Straightforward and hard-hitting, like the Instagram page called good design advice, but with posters and stories. My favorite bit is the #70 Learn Everything "Let all your loves, fears, and interests saturate your work and make it memorable. Who you are is the most im ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listed to the audiobook. (I hear the hard copy is beautiful and full of illustrations so I will definitely be picking that up.)

I went into it having no clue who the author was, hating self-help books, and just wanting something to listen to while I deep cleaned my kitchen. Needless to say, my expectations were pretty low. So imagine my shock when I ended up LOVING this book. Was there anything new and earth shattering in it? No, not really. But what’s original anymore, anyway? What I did find
Sarah Butland
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely what I needed to read right now, for personal as well as professional gains.

As the title implies, it's not for the weak of heart or those easily offended by vulgarity but it is for the creative, the weirdo's, the always-striving-for-something-more people in your life. Like a jump start to happiness, creativity and a Yellow Pages resource for what to do as well as what not to do, this book has it all and in a very conversational and easy to read format.

It took just days for me to read
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Did it shake the foundations of my life? No. Did it say something I have never ever heard before? No.
Was it enjoyable? Yes.
Was it useful to "hear" what it had to say and be reminded some of the ideas? Very, very much.

I didn't and don't think one should take this book as a manual for how to live their life. The results would be disastrous. Instead, one should look at it as a tiny book of reminders, of thoughts and ideas sometimes (very often) overlooked but which hold quite the potential to impro
Zoran Jambor
Mar 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshelf
If you need a reminder, or rather kick in the butt to stand up for something, to start seriously pursuing your passion, following your hopes and dreams, James Victore’s book Feck Perfuction is the one you should pick up.

It’s a series of short essays on various aspects of creativity and creation to remind you that there is always a way. It’s a reminder that you can find a solution to any problem, that you should never compromise your creative vision, that you’re here to speak your truth, and that
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up on recommendation from a fellow grad student of mine (both pursuing our MFA in Graphic Design), and my goodness is this one of the most inspirational and helpful books I've read before! I highly recommend this to anyone, not just artists and designers. This has a plethora (love that word) of great advice nuggets to start or continue your creative journey through life. It's also a good kick in the pants to get outside of your own head and create work despite of your inner critic! ...more
Cristina Smith
“You have no friends, you have no enemies. You have only teachers.” Feck Perfuction is a fantastic creativity catalyst for humans of all ages and persuasions filled with “Dangerous Ideas of the Business of Life”.

Why are these ideas dangerous? They firmly turn the steering wheel of the vehicle of our lives over to us to create as we will. Boldly, uniquely, and unabashedly James Victore motivates the reader to create their life as their art. Highly recommended.

Thanks for the Goodreads Giveaway co
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