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The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well Paperback – January 29, 2013
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“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
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
Top Customer Reviews
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"...Read more ›
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.
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?Read more ›
If you know who you are and are trying to _improve_ how you work, this book is not for you. If you either like memoirs/biographies, or are looking for validation of the fact that not everyone succeeds through the same methods, this might be something that interests you. It's valuable to know that you don't have to follow the regimented advice of many coaches/motivators/volunteer fear-fighters to succeed, but I caught on to that a long time ago, and (the ToC and first chapter of) this book didn't offer much more than that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really great book, not what I thought it was going to be about, but a nice relaxing easy read.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I nearly read this book in a single day. It had a presentable layout and great inspirational information about how the most successful people on Earth became who they are today. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kevin King
Not the book I was hoping for. Their hook of "superachievers" is what prompted me to order it, but the book falls flat and I was disappointed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Houston Rocker
This book has some great stories about people who have reached success in their field. About half way through the book, I started skipping through the stories about people I hadn't... Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Veronica
This book isn't what I expected. Perhaps that is my fault for not clearly reading the description. Its an interesting read to see how different people have accomplished their goals... Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Lorriane
Those that can't :teach - - those that can - do and those of us caught in a calamitous purgatory of "How on earth ?' - buy & read the book .Enough said me thinks !. Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by dreemtime Klive D
I'm a busy entrepreneur and couldn't wait to read this book. It's interesting to get into the minds of superachievers; what makes them tick, their habits, the "winning"... Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by MWH