What It Takes

The Ozzy Osbourne – Stephen Hawking Connection

By Callie Oettinger | 9 Comments

I went to an Ozzy Osbourne concert with my son. Zakk Wylde was on stage tapping. I know about tapping because my son plays guitar. He knows about tapping because he loves Led Zeppelin.

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Cheat Sheet

By Shawn Coyne | 37 Comments

(From the archives: This one is brought to you straight from December 18, 2015) Not that long ago I asked an acquaintance to cut an hour out of his day so that I could “run something by him.” It’s important to point out that this acquaintance had a laundry list of accomplishments parallel to my own ambitions. He was a bestselling writer, a bestselling publisher, and a world-renowned speaker paid big bucks for the very hour I asked of him. He is someone any of us would put in our top five of inwardly powerful people who’d figured out the…

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One Leg at a Time

By Callie Oettinger | 6 Comments

Early 2000s, a Big Five publisher bought an indie publisher. I had a contract with the indie publisher. It was a large contract and I was less than a year into launching my business. I needed the work. Unlike the indie publishing house, the Big Five publishing house had its own PR/Marketing team. It didn’t need me.

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Getting to Your “Out”

By Callie Oettinger | 7 Comments

I have a friend who is always the first to test new tech. For example, when Google glasses were announced, she was tapped to give them a test run—and I got to hear the stories about strangers staring at her and random in-the-know techies asking if they could try on her glasses. So, when she told me back in the 2006ish period that she was exploring alternative ways for colleagues around the world to meet, I wasn’t surprised to hear she was testing online conferencing.

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George Peper, Bill Murray and Broderick Crawford

By Shawn Coyne | 16 Comments

[This is another one from the archives, this time from January 6, 2012. A classic story.] For quite a while now (almost two years), Steve Pressfield and I have been tossing drafts of one of his manuscripts back and forth.  It’s just about ready to share. I think we’re on draft nine or ten, not sure. I bet Steve knows how many we’ve burned through, but he doesn’t bitch about it. He’s a pro. Anyway, in a few months we’ll have a lot more to say about that book. For now I only bring it up because the concept of…

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Stories Are About Change

By Shawn Coyne | 25 Comments

(Today’s post is pulled from the archives, from August 9, 2013, just about this time five years ago.) 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.

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Thank You Bob Danzig

By Callie Oettinger | 22 Comments

I had the honor of knowing and being mentored by Bob Danzig for 21 years. He always asked about my kids and my husband and my work, and then I’d push through because I always wanted to talk about Bob. Bob led an extraordinary life and my favorite conversation with him related to Opportunity.

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The Loser’s Journey Revisited

By Callie Oettinger | 16 Comments

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

By Callie Oettinger | 5 Comments

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

By Callie Oettinger | 10 Comments

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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