What Do Superachievers Have in Common?

Is it dedication to a dream? Intelligent persistence? Ability to manage emotions? If you answered “all of the above,” you’re right. Sort of. There are more.

Listen to our interview with podcaster Greg Voisen.


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Interview With Us for Upcoming Talk at SXSW ’14

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Preview: The Power Of Failure: The Hidden Side Of Success

by Jacob Ehrnstein

Everyone wants to be successful. We all have our different versions of success, financial, emotional, or physical. And we all have our role models for whom we identify what success is. We try and emulate them to achieve that success.

But what if you had the opportunity to meet your role model of success and they uttered these words to you “Fail More”?

Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield the authors of “The Art Of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do” will speak on the topic of failure at their panel “The Power of Failure: The Hidden Side of Success.” They’re experts on the topic of failure now, though, not because of failures of their own. After interviewing super successful people they discovered one common trait these successful people shared: their willingness to fail.

I spoke with Camille and Josh about their upcoming panel in March and some ways to take your failures and help them propel you to your next success. Continue reading

Art of Doing in the News: Entrepreneur Magazine


Some Traits You Need to Dominate Any Industry By Paula Andruss

If great minds think alike, it stands to reason that great people, no matter their field, have similar habits. In their book The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well, Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield found several common qualities shared by ubersuccessful individuals. Try adopting some of them in your quest for greatness. Continue reading

Podcast: “The Art of Doing” on Boing Boing’s Gweek 087

art of doing podcastWe spoke with Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing co-founder, DIY-Maker proponent and all-around pathologically curious Man about the Internet for his Gweek podcast about our book, secrets of success, what makes Sergio Corbucci‘s original “Django” so good and judgmental parents (as analyzed by Katie Roiphe) so bad, Josh’s fine art projects Gigi Gaston and Fathom Butterfly, Camille’s favorite movie of the last year “All About My Wife,” and a whole lot more.

Frauenfelder, who we interviewed for our book in a chapter “How to Create One of the World’s Most Popular Blogs,” told us that one of the principles he applies to all of his work is to: Appeal to the Novelty Gene. He told us:

“They say that there is a novelty-seeking gene. It causes people (like me!) to crave excitement, and to want constant hits of surprising things that don’t fit the conventional model of the way the world works….Ninety-nine percent of what’s out there is crap. Our job is to put in the hard work to find that 1 percent that’s fascinating because a lot of our community has the novelty-seeking gene, too.”

You can listen to our conversation on Gweek 087 here.

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Podcast: “The Art of Doing” on BlogcastFM

art of doing podcastSrinivas Rao, a prolific podcaster (and passionate surfer), has interviewed everyone from Guy Kawasaki (who we also interviewed for our book) to Seth Godin. Srini’s BlogcastFM podcast is downloaded half a million times monthly. And since Srini shares our interest in process, writing and the underpinnings of success, we had a lively discussion with him not just about what we’ve learned interviewing the 36 high achievers for our book, but also art-of-doing-boxabout our book’s origin story, how we put the book together, our marketing influences, how we feel about fiction and even how our 7-year old daughter relates to our book, blog and the business of “The Art of Doing.” (She talks it up at dinner parties but has initiated an “Art of Doing Free Zone” during family time and created an “Art of Doing Idea Box” should an Art of Doing idea occur to someone while we’re in that zone. Maybe everyone needs an idea box?)

You can listen to our conversation on BlogcastFM: here.

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Book Talk: The Art of Doing at SXSW, a Forbes Review

Reading at SXSW 2013

Camille Sweeney (yes, in cowboy boots!) reads from “The Art of Doing” at SXSW Interactive on Sat March 9 Austin Convention Center Ballroom G

Forbes’s Meghan Casserly reports from SXSW: “Super-Achievers Call ‘Community’ The Real Secret Of Success”
South By Southwest has become something of a Mecca for super-achievers, or more accurately, would-be super-achievers hoping to change the world one idea at a time. So it was unsurprising to find an Austin ballroom packed with more than 300 conference attendees on a humid Saturday morning to hear Camille Sweeney, a co-author of the new book “The Art Of Doing” share her findings on the common qualities of more than 36 of the world’s highest achieving humans.

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Hello, Wisconsin

As cold as it may be in NYC today, as we sat in a Chelsea sound studio, waiting to begin our interview, we heard the WPR live feed in our headphones. In Madison, Wisconsin it was zero degrees! But soon we were engaged in a very warm conversation about superachievers with WPR Radio Host Veronica Rueckhart—who is, in her own right, a superachiever of listening.

Podcast of our interview: “What Separates the best from the rest?

Our book is now in stores and online. You can buy it here.