What It Takes

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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#2 & #3: Stop Doing Everything

By Callie Oettinger | 11 Comments

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

By Callie Oettinger | 9 Comments

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

By Callie Oettinger | 23 Comments

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

By Callie Oettinger | 8 Comments

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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