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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452298172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452298170
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Art of Doing:

“This is really a perfect book... with these inspirational interviews about how to follow your dream, keep your focus, don't take 'no' for an answer and keep your vision ahead of you ” —NBC Weekend Today

"In their new book The Art of Doing, Josh Gosfield and Camille Sweeney show how to go one step further and be a super achiever. They interviewed the masters—people who not only excelled in their field, but actually elevated it to an art form." —MSNBC

"Reading about those who have mastered their worlds is an entertaining way to eavesdrop on excellence, with the hope that some of it may rub off.” —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"The superachievers in this book divulge the fascinating secrets of their success. ” —Parade Magazine

“What [the authors] discovered is that talent is only the beginning. … It’s what you do with your talent that matters. And that's really a magical idea because it means success is up to you.” —Forbes

"The authors argue anybody can improve their work habits using some of the strategies detailed in what they call the “crash course in success” laid out in their book ” —Yahoo!'s The Daily Ticker
 
"There’s a lot of good advice in this book. ” —Smithsonian Magazine

About the Author

 Camille Sweeney is a journalist and a MacDowell Arts Colony Fellow. She writes fiction in her spare time.

Josh Gosfield, an award-winning illustrator and fine artist, was the art director at New York Magazine.

Sweeney and Gosfield both live in New York City.

Visit them at: TheArtOfDoing.com

Like them at: http://www.facebook.com/TheArtOfDoing

Follow them on Twitter: @artofdoingbook


More About the Author

I'm the coauthor of "The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well," about how some of the most successful people in business, science, entertainment and the arts do what they do.

In my interviews for the book, I had the opportunity to learn first-hand from actor Alec Baldwin, sports icon Yogi Berra, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, tennis champ Martina Navratilova and dozens of others that talent is just the beginning, it's what you do with that talent that matters.

In our blog, www.TheArtofDoing.com we continue the conversation. You can join us there and sign up for our free weekly newsletter.

My background is in journalism. Before I became a freelance writer, I worked for the New York Times. Before that, I lived for four incredible years in Prague. And before that I was a magician's assistant for Penn & Teller. I have a M.A. from New York University and a B.A. from Kenyon College where there must be something in the water because no shortage of writing talent that comes out of there.

I write fiction in my spare time.



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Very insightful and a nice quick read.
Conrad
I find the overall positive theme of the authors motivating and the bite size format very palpable.
Daniel Arthur Smith
It was a fun read and made me realize that if you want something, you have to go make it happen.
Melisa Kehlmann

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205 of 241 people found the following review helpful By savedian on February 3, 2013
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I read about this book in a newspaper article talking about how this book has identified certain traits of super-achievers specifically traits like self-evaluation. I was under the impression I was going to read about the underlying traits that are common to super-achievers. After the title has the word "HOW" twice in its title.

What i received had the sophistication of one of those Yahoo articles that is designed to be light and entertaining and nothing more then junk food for the mind.

The book is broken up into 36 Chapters. Each Chapter is roughly about 7 pages long (you see where this is going ?). The Authors interviewed 36 people across a variety fields. There is an introduction in each chapter, For each person/chapter there is 10 points each point is one paragraph.\Then at the end of each chapter err the 6th and 7th page of the chapter there is first trivia about the person interviewed and thereafter trivia about the deal. Plus a one line takeaway. That is the formula.

So lets take Chapter 35...Author's would like to explain to you in 7 pages "How to Win the Indy 500" the chapter features Helio Castroneves. Of his ten points (paragraphs) some include things like "wait for the right moment to make a move" (point 3)..."Go with your gut" Point 9..and Point 10 "Have Fun".....I am no more prepared to Win an Indy 500 race after reading this chapter then I am if I had read a cereal box. The takeaway for Chapter 35 was "Racing isn't a sport;its a quest" - okay thanks.

Other things you might want to learn "HOW" to do are "How to grow killer Weed" - yep included in a book about superachievers is a person who knows how to grow cannibas extremely well. Other chapters are devoted to things like "How to Find Extraterrestrial Life".."How to get the Funk"...
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Melisa Kehlmann on January 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
When I first saw this book The Art of Doing, I did not know what to expect. I knew it could not possibly be a "how to" and did not expect it to be. The authors Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield found extraordinary people and through interview asked how they achieved their vision. The group of people interviewed were from many different walks of life. Some were musicians, some were athletes and others were life trainers. The one thing they all had in common was drive, determination, passion and hard work.

It was an inspiration and makes me want to put my vision to life whatever that may be. It certainly made me think of all the people in my life that wish they could have invented or discovered something and now I can tell them that all they need is the mega drive and a bit (or tons) of luck. It was a fun read and made me realize that if you want something, you have to go make it happen. Looking forward to the next book.
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Initially, I was eager to read this book because I thought (and think) the concept is brilliant: Obtain and then summarize the responses from a wide variety of "superachievers" to two separate but related questions: "How do you do what you do?" and "How do you do it so well?" As I began to read the book, one in which co-authors Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield employ a clever format to organize the responses as well as other information (more about that in a moment), I began to suspect that while editing the material, they had homogenized the responses and that seemed especially true of Yogi Berra's in Chapter 5, "How to Be a Major Leaguer." The tone, syntax, and usage seem so unlike his spoken and written observations but somewhat similar to those in the responses in the first four chapters by Laura Linney, Anna Netrebko, Cesar Millan, and Ken Jennings. Of course, there are significant differences between and among the five in terms of what they do so well: acting on stage and in film, performing in operas, "rehabilitating" dogs with whispers, winning $3.6-million on Jeopardy!, and playing major league baseball.

I contacted the co-authors, expressing my concerns. Here is the reply from Gosfield:

"Every participant gave generously of their time with interviews and follow up interviews up to 3 hours. Because of the length the transcripts were distilled down for clarity and brevity and all the text is in the participants' own words and they have seen and approved their chapters. We had no preconceived notion of what should be written and our only agenda was to ask these superachievers "How do you do what you do?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By picky reader on April 2, 2013
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I Loved this book. It was full of ideas from really smart and interesting people...things I could make use of in my own life. Each person puts forth ten important and surprising things that led her or him to achieve his goals. There are wonderfully funny and inspiring anecdotes, and it definitely respects the readers intelligence. I keep it by my bed, and re-read favorites I would recommend it wholeheartedly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs.Puppins on February 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
I briefly met the co-authors, Sweeney and Gosfield, after wondering into a Chelsea Gallery. What I thought may have been an art opening turned out to be their book signing. I bought a copy. I figured that the crowd seemed interesting and kind of all over the place. Smart choice. I feel that as soon as I started The Art of Doing little things that I read kept popping up. There is a lot to think about whether you are being self-critical or listening to someone else attempting to self motivate or just complain. The variety of characters alone would have been enough. Get into the head of a big game hunter and a dog whisperer. Why not? I took something from both that actually applied to the maintenance of my fish tank. Hoping for a sequel!
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