Month: August 2013

Foolscapping the B-52

By Steven Pressfield | 8 Comments

There was a great article in the L.A. Times of August 19 about the B-52 bomber. Remember Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove, straddling a hydrogen bomb in the bomb bay of a Strategic Air Command plane, then dropping into thin air while cutting loose a Rebel yell? That was a B-52. In real life the aircraft first saw service in the 1950s. It’s still flying today. With the latest upgrades, the B-52 is expected to remain as the Air Force’s #1 workhorse bomber into the 2040s. But here’s the sentence from the article that leapt out at me: Now the plane,…

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Art and Polarity

By Shawn Coyne | 36 Comments

As I knew I’d be deep in the North Woods of Maine with no phone access or Internet this week (Help!), I didn’t want to take a chance and not get a WIT up for this week.  So, back from last year (June 20, 2012), here’s “Art and Polarity,” which I find to be crucial information for artists in our present “let’s not judge” culture.  Here’s hoping I’m not eaten by a Black Bear… The other day I overhead this conversation: Man #1: “I ran into Frank Smith (not his real name) at the beach yesterday…” Man #2: “Isn’t that…

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Return of the Foolscap Method

By Steven Pressfield | 21 Comments

My apologies to everyone who got psyched up, a few weeks ago, to learn more about the Foolscap Method (which I wrote about then in this space and promised to write about again), only to have me drop the ball completely. Sorry! There’s a reason. We’ve been working feverishly over the past few weeks to re-jigger this site to handle some new long-form material that we want to make available to our regular readers. That’s what the FIRST LOOK ACCESS box is all about, above and to the right. Bottom line: the Wednesday after next, we’ll be ready. We’ll start…

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Bob Dylan Revisited

By Callie Oettinger | 9 Comments

Because something is happening here. But you don’t know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones? —Bob Dylan Bob Dylan has a Twitter account, but I’m about as certain as death and taxes that it isn’t him banging out tweets on a keyboard. Under 400 tweets, it’s a short stream of concert updates and other announcements. To the point. Nothing there for Mr. Jones.

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The 10,000 Hour Rule

By Steven Pressfield | 71 Comments

This post first ran November 9, 2011. We’re revisiting it today as I approach another deadline and am reminded of those 10,000 hours. I’m not sure whether Malcolm Gladwell was the first to identify this principle or was simply responsible for popularizing it. But his name is definitely associated with it. The rule says that in order for an individual to master any complex skill, be it brain surgery or playing the cello, she must put in 10,000 hours of focused practice. Since a thousand hours seems to be more or less the maximum we humans can handle in one year,…

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Stories Are About Change

By Shawn Coyne | 16 Comments

In his wonderful book The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves, psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz tells the story of Marissa Panigrosso, who worked on the 98th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. She recalled that when the first plane hit the North Tower on September 11, 2001, a wave of hot air came through her glass windows as intense as opening a pizza oven. She did not hesitate. She didn’t even pick up her purse, make a phone call or turn off her computer. She walked quickly to the nearest emergency exit, pushed through the…

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Why (And How) Creative People Say No

By Steven Pressfield | 29 Comments

[I never do this—pull a post from another site—but this one is so good (and I am in such passionate agreement with it) that I couldn’t resist. [Thank you, Tim Ferriss, from whose blog this came, and thank you, Kevin Ashton, for writing it. Kevin is the co-founder of the MIT Auto-ID Center, which created a global standard system for RFID and other sensors. He also created the Internet of Things. Here’s Kevin’s article:] A Hungarian psychology professor once wrote to famous creators asking them to be interviewed for a book he was writing. One of the most interesting things…

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Pitching Like A Cy Young Award-Winner

By Callie Oettinger | 8 Comments

Before you read this post, watch the video below (and then stick with me as I circle back around to why it is being shared).

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