Do the Work Steven Pressfield

Do the Work: How Steven Pressfield Will Make You a Better Writer

Every writer needs to study the teachings of Steven Pressfield. He is the Nike of the literary world. The ultra-successful shoe and athletic-apparel company won the slogan race years ago with Just Do It. For writers, Pressfield’s Do the Work is a close second. While a prolific and talented fiction author, Pressfield’s nonfiction books center on strategic methods for overcoming the barriers to writing (or any artistic endeavor, but the primary focus of his is writing). The War of Art […]

Scott Adams

Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert: How to Build Success in Life and Business

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big Scott Adams, the creator Dilbert, built a cartoon empire from humble beginnings as a bank teller. He used the lack of satisfaction he gained from his day job to drive his desire for something more. Over the course of his career he developed an insight into the workings of success, what helped him the most and the ever present factor that luck played. “Success is […]

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon: Ways to Effectively Spread Your Art

All you need to know about art can be summed up in a quote by comedian Steve Martin: “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” If there’s one thing to take away from any discussion on marketing and the creation of art, it’s simple: make good art and the rest will take care of itself. Of course there are ways to help nudge the process along, but if you focus on the quality of your […]

Become a Professional Writer

12 Tenets of Becoming a Professional Writer

I. Writers Write. If you’ve been a follower of this site, then congratulations. You’ve seen the words “writers write,” for the 100th time. However, I cannot stress just how important the act of writing is for someone who wants to improve their writing and become a professional. Nothing else will replace the effect of actually writing. Not reading. Not reading about writing. Not editing other people’s writing or having your own writing critiqued. Nothing can replace […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger

14 Lessons on Success from Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger, while controversial in recent years, has been an inspiration to thousands of people for the last several decades. Born to a poor Austrian family, he came from nothing to become a seven-time world champion in bodybuilding, one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, and governor of California. His commitment to hard work, subverting the system, and discovering how to win makes him a role model for just about anyone trying to find success […]

Lawrence Naumoff

Accepting Criticism: What Every Writer Could Do Better

It was my first semester of creative writing in college. I wasn’t even twenty years old. Our professor was Lawrence Naumoff. He was, and still is, one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. His hair was always blown out and disheveled, and he had a slightly dazed look on his face, as if he had just stepped out of a windstorm. His movements were slow and he walked like a man of leisure. He wore […]

Momentum

Momentum: The Only Measure for Success

For some reason, most of us hold the mistaken belief that successful people must have been born that way. We find it hard to believe that they were ever just ordinary people before becoming astronomically wealthy, or world class in whatever field it is that we envy. Even if they did experience some kind of journey to that position in life, we assume they must have been born with the skills necessary to achieve what […]

Kathy Magliato M.D.

Dr. Kathy Magliato: Lessons from a Female Heart Surgeon

I stumbled across Dr. Kathy Magliato’s book Healing Hearts: A Memoir of a Female Heart Surgeon unexpectedly in a dusty corner of my local library. The cover was worn and wrinkled. There was a faded image of the sacred heart symbol, the author’s name and little more. But it would come to be one of the most insightful stories of the life and making of a surgeon that I’ve ever read. (I’ve since discovered that her […]

Become a Better Writer

3 Ways to Become a Better Writer

How to Improve Your Writing Skills On the topic of how a person can improve their writing skills, inevitably two answers always rise to the the top: 1) Read more. 2) Write more. For a person who’s managed to go their entire life without reading or writing a single thing, that’s pretty good advice. But most of us aren’t that person. Most of us read, and read often. Most us have at least attempted to write […]

Gatekeeper effect

The GateKeeper Effect

I want to write a book about something that’s been on my mind a lot lately. I can’t quite explain it. There’s a common theme among most of my peers. The things that are most uncomfortable in life, the times when we’re most miserable, are when we give up control. Think about it. Have you ever been through the process of applying for a job? Or college? Or a medical school? Have you ever sat around […]