Callie Oettinger

The Loser’s Journey Revisited

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In The Artist’s Journey, Steve includes a section related to the artist’s skills. Here are a few: The artist learns how to start.

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A New System

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Last week’s “What It Takes” post was about Systems.  A new one was left out. Black Irish Books turned to Vellum before the release of The Artist’s Journey by Steve and Running Down a Dream by Tim Grahl. (Thank you Joanna Penn for the recommendation.)

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#4 Forging the Artist’s Essentials

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Before I get started with this post, today is the last day to order the special “Resistance Digital Bundle” (audios and ebooks) of Steve’s The Artist’s Journey and Tim Grahl’s Running Down A Dream, both of which were released last week by Black Irish Books. The Odyssey opens with Homer’s call to the Muse, to sing to him of “the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course . . . “ and of the man who fought “to save his life and bring his comrades home,” but who ultimately failed to “save them from disaster, hard…

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#2 & #3: Stop Doing Everything

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I don’t know when or how I learned about Temple Grandin and her work. She’s lived in my mind for so long that I can’t remember not thinking about her work.

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#1 Find the Shortest Path

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Dad installed odometers on our bikes when my sisters and I were kids. He was into being healthy and wanted us to ride at least three miles a day My first life hack was born from Dad’s focus on health and my need to play:

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The Hero’s Journey Feels A Lot Like The Loser’s Journey

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No one starts as Superman. Not even Superman started as Superman. He was a toddler lifting cars and a teenager racing against trains before he turned to nerdy glasses and clumsy behavior to hide his superhuman strength and then use that strength to oppose the forces of evil. Luke was just a teenager with a knack for repairing robots before he met up with Old Ben—and Dorothy was just a young girl in Kansas, worried Mrs. Gulch would take her dog Toto from her.

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A Bronx Tale

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When Dom was in first grade, he told his teacher he wanted to play center field for the New York Yankees. In a deadpan voice that  didn’t entertain dreamers or laughter, she asked, “What’s your back-up plan?”

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Bringing It All together

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(From the Archives: How did Writing Wednesdays start? About ten years ago, Steve had an idea to launch a vlog. It was launched in 2009 and the vlog quickly became more blog tha vlog—fewer videos, more long-form posts. The first Writing Wednesdays post ran on July 22 of that year. That’s when we started looking at transitioning the site, which turned into the site many of you remember, which stood its ground until earlier this year, when the current version was launched. Below is the post I wrote about the evolution of Steve’s previous site, including the launch of Writing…

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Getting Past No

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(This post went up almost 4.5 years ago. Bringing it back for a rerun today.) I started this post Wednesday. Thursday I read this from Seth Godin: What “no” means I’m too busy I don’t trust you This isn’t on my list My boss won’t let me I’m afraid of moving this forward I’m not the person you think I am I don’t have the resources you think I do I’m not the kind of person that does things like this I don’t want to open the door to a long-term engagement Thinking about this will cause me to think…

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Thank You Mr. Walsh

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One of the best friends I’ve ever had lost his father this month. Death proved itself a slingshot, pulling me back through the decades to think about the few times I met his father and then catapulting me forward to question what I’m doing today. Jay and I met at Emerson College. I was climbing the stairs in front of him and tripped. He laughed at me. For a split second I thought he was an asshole—and then realized that I would have laughed at me, too. The friendship started there. Lots of talking and philosophizing and listening to Dave…

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