I just finished reading The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer. She's a musician, and I had never heard of her before and only learned about her book from Tim Ferriss's interview of her on his podcast.
There was so much in the book that made me think of entrepreneurship, philosophy, building brands and communities, and life in general.
Amanda has a TED talk that got over 6 million views and did a record-breaking Kickstarter raising over $1 million for a new album. In this book, she chronicles her many techniques and ideas for connecting with her fan base, building up that community over a long time, and how she has learned to ask for help throughout her life. I was shocked just how effective asking for help and engaging with strangers can be; it's truly inspiring.
Below are my main takeaways.