The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well

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How does anyone get to the top of their field? We all know it takes hard work, dedication, and the occasional dose of luck, but what separates a wannabe from a winner? The Art of Doing brings together an incredible cross-section of individuals who are the at the top of their respective fields, from actor Alec Baldwin to New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz, to and asks them each one question: how do you succeed at what you do? The advice that they share is illuminating, and occasionally surprising, ...

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Overview

How does anyone get to the top of their field? We all know it takes hard work, dedication, and the occasional dose of luck, but what separates a wannabe from a winner? The Art of Doing brings together an incredible cross-section of individuals who are the at the top of their respective fields, from actor Alec Baldwin to New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz, to and asks them each one question: how do you succeed at what you do? The advice that they share is illuminating, and occasionally surprising, providing their top ten strategies on how to achieve greatness in a variety of ways. From the practical ("How to Open a Restaurant and Stay in Business," by restaurateur David Chang) to the zany ("How to Live Life on the High Wire," by infamous World Trade Center tightrope walker Philippe Petit), each interview is a testament to the knowledge and experiences that these risk-taking, barrier-breaking individuals have used to achieve their own success. With its diverse perspectives and variety of opinions about how to be the best in any field, this book will shape readers' views of success and inspire them to carve out their own niche.

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When Camille Sweeney embarked on her project to interview superachievers, she decided consciously or unconsciously not to simply roll out a roster of multi-billion-dollar business moguls. Instead, she enlisted interviewees in a dazzling range of pursuits; from actors to crossword puzzle creator to style guru to civil rights activist to foodie impresario to photojournalist to feminist porn director. She even interviewed Jessica Watson, the teenager who sailed solo around the world, and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra. The sum total of all this eccentric eclecticism is a delightful book that could brighten any boardroom. A trade paperback and NOOK Book original.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452298170
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 590,460
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet 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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    The authors of the book are so acutely passionate about explorin

    The authors of the book are so acutely passionate about exploring the techniques, approaches, pursuits, obstacles, and ultimately keys to success that it ultimately feels as if it was penned by Superachievers. The in depth interviews and unique detailing of personal hardships and triumphs is utterly relatable and equally inspiring. I bought the book and it was such a page-turner that I finished it the day I bought it. Surprisingly though, I feel as if I could reread the book down the line and gain new insight. I was touched by Laura Linney's story and moved by Jessica Watson's bravery and inspired by mostly all the people that are outlined as Superachievers in the book. It is quite a unique story to tell, how Superachievers do what the do and do it so well. And I was immersed in the brilliance and talent that exploded from the pages. It is a MUST read for everyone! Whether you are a homemaker, a nine-to-fiver, or a fresh out of college living back at home with your parents young adult, you will find something in this book that speaks to you. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    "The Art of Doing" is filled with inspirational storie

    "The Art of Doing" is filled with inspirational stories and advice for anyone who has struggled to find the keys to success. No matter your career or goal in life, this book will energize you to keep going. Each chapter reveals intimate stories about remarkable individuals' trials and achievements. The authors display the same hard work and perseverance as the people they interview in that they have tracked down such amazing individuals. When you are in the mood to laugh, check out Chapter 7 and read Alec Baldwin and Robert Carlock's advice for how to be funny on TV. When you need some motivation, read about how adolescent Jessica Watson sailed around the world [Chapter 31].  Get this book and keep it by your side, for you may need to review a chapter when you decide to open a great restaurant, win the Indy 500 or write a runaway bestseller. 

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