Let Me Out: Unlock Your Creative Mind and Bring Your Ideas to Life by Peter Himmelman

November 8, 2016
Let Me Out: Unlock Your Creative Mind and Bring Your Ideas to Life, Peter Himmelman, Book Review, InToriLex
Published By: TarcherPerigee on On October 11, 2016
Format Read:  Edition
Genre: Self Help/ Nonfiction
Series: Standalone
Source: ShelfAwareness Giveaway
Let Me Out: Unlock Your Creative Mind and Bring Your Ideas to Life

Are you afraid of your dreams?
Do you want to stop procrastinatng?
Would you love to be more creative?
Is there an idea you need to realize?

If so, then Let Me Out is for you.

Whether it’s learning ragtime piano, losing 30 pounds, or starting an organic jellybean company, award-winning musician turned communications expert Peter Himmelman's unique techniques to harness fear and take the steps to make goals a reality will give you the tools and confidence you need to stop listening to the negative thoughts holding you back and achieve professional and personal success.

Using science-based techniques plus methods designed to unlock creative potential (mined from his years as a successful musician) Himmelman shows you how to open your mind and unite left AND right-brained thinking in order to take action through powerful and deceptively simple exercises that will enable you to:

-Create more fearlessly, whether it's an ad campaign, a song, or a new business
-Communicate more effectively
-Finish projects that have stayed in the "bits and pieces" phase forever
-Make your ideas take shape in the real world



This book teaches important lessons about a menacing voice we all live with named MARV, Majorly Afraid of Revealing Vulnerability. I don't read alot of self-help, but I picked up this ARC and decided it would be a way for me to get back to my writing and open myself up more creativly. Himmelman does a great job giving scientific and anecdotal evidence about how to take the steps that you need to fulfill your dreams. The writing is relateable, humorous and very engaging.
Himmelan suggests your goals should be Specific, Present and True, so that you are able to take real and worthwhile steps toward them. Brain Bottle Openers are small activity's you complete throughout the book to help you tap into your creativity. These activity's are one of the best features of the book. The activity's only take between 3 to 10 minutes  and he strongly suggests you to follow the time constraints. Here are some Brain Bottle Openers I felt were especially worthwhile:
Acknowledgement is Knowledge asks the reader to  acknowledge a situation where they  were partly responsible for the bad outcome.  
Disconnect to Reconnect suggests that you designate 4 hours a week to unplug from technology.  Chaos to Kid thinking, focus on a object for a few minutes and think of ways that object can be used outside of its normal function.

These activities shows readers they are capable of addressing the deep seated reasons they are afraid to achieve their dreams, in practical ways. After each chapter there is a review of the main points discussed and the Brain Bottle Openers that were featured. The chapter reviews are a great way for the reader to use this book as a reference. I look forward to using the Brain Bottle Openers in the future as I need them. This book got me out of a bad place with my writing, and I'm encouraged to begin again. I would recommend this book for everyone who is looking for a catalyst to get out their own way and pursue their dreams.


PETER HIMMELMAN is the founder of Big Muse, a company that teaches creative thinking, leadership skills, and deeper levels of communication in all facets of life--from personal to professional. As Big Muse has grown in popularity over the last four years, Peter has come to share his program with thousands of individuals, including charitable organizations, start-ups and international brands. A successful musician, he has been nominated for Emmy and Grammy awards, won the NAAPA Album of the Year Award, won six consecutive Parents Choice Gold Awards, and recieved six ASCAP awards.

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