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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
"Gosfield and 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
“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
"A lot of good advice.”—Smithsonian
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.
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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.
"How to be a tennis champion"
"How to find extraterrestrial life"
"How to build a baseball park"
"How to write a mind bending crossword puzzle"
"How to negotiate a hostage crisis"
...and the list of utterly worthless and unrelatable chapters goes on and on.
There is a short "10 point" summary up front but even that is hugely uninspiring. Very disappointed with this book.