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Ugly Baby: How To Get Over Fear And Give Birth To Your Odd Idea, Start A Business, Or Invent Something Cool by Kim Duke opens with a comment attributed to JK Rowling: “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to one's friends.” Most times, what affects us, or what usually upsets us is our friends’ opinions. That, as the author puts it, is “the ugly baby experience” which everyone has had some time in their life. Kim begins with the need to overcome one's own resistance and goes on to discuss the ways to defeat the bad habit of getting stuck without progress. She points to the importance of thinking big and to stir the pot to let creativity flourish. “If people are talking about you in the back,” she says, “it is because you are in the front.” This, above all, should prepare one to accept criticism and gossip, and discard fear when launching anything new.
Ugly Baby by Kim Duke is an encouraging book. Her exhortations call upon all in possession of ideas to let go of their fears. It echoes the sentiments expressed by a poet: “Doubts are traitors, and they make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” Whether one is starting a business, launching a new product, marketing in new and untested ways, aiming at a different target audience, or letting one's imagination run wild, the thoughts contained in these pages are a great asset in preparing oneself to meet any challenge, however difficult.