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3 Things I Learned from Oprah

By Steven Pressfield | Published: September 25, 2013

[Before we get to this actual blog post, lemme say again thanks to everyone who signed up for First Look Access, and received an early look at the Foolscap videos and The Authentic Swing. Thank you for your comments, for taking part in the bundle offer and for your “ask me anything” questions. The Authentic Swing is up on the Black Irish Books store and Shawn and I are at work answering your questions. I’ll get the hour-long audio to your inbox ASAP. We had a great time on this one, despite the odd glitch here and there. Next time the gears will mesh much more smoothly. Now to today’s post:]

Together at last: SP and OW

I got invited to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, for her Super Soul Sunday series. We actually taped the interview a few months ago at her ranch in Maui. It’s an hour long, one-on-one piece that will air on the OWN Network, Sunday, Sept. 29, at 11 AM ET/PT (with a world-wide simulcast, accessible via the Super Soul Sunday Facebook page, the OWN TV Facebook page, and

I must say it was an eye-opening experience, from which I came away with three nuggets of wisdom:

1. People are impressed when they hear you’re on Oprah’s show.

You can see it in their eyes. Your stock rises.

2. Your friends are definitely NOT impressed.

I told a few of my pals, both male and female, “Hey, Oprah Winfrey invited me to appear on her TV show.” My friends blinked once, looked at me and said, “Why?”

I flashed immediately on a moment from that great PBS documentary, Inventing David Geffen. In the film, Geffen recounts the story of a Joni Mitchell/Crosby, Stills & Nash concert at the Hollywood Bowl in the 70s, for which he and his partner Elliot Roberts were the producers. Geffen’s and Roberts’ names were displayed prominently above the names of the artists.

David Geffen:

I flew my mother out from Brooklyn and showed her my name at the top of the concert program. She said, “I don’t get it. What exactly do you do for these people?” I told her, “I’m their manager. I advise them on their careers.” She looked at me and said, “You?”

To the people closest to us, we will always be eleven years old. (more…)

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Furyk swings Authentic Swing, shoots 59

By Steven Pressfield | Published: September 18, 2013

Does anyone beside me know who Jim Furyk is?


Jim Furyk swinging his Authentic Swing

Jim Furyk is a 16-time winner on the PGA tour, the 2003 U.S. Open champion—and possessor of the single weirdest, loopiest, most homemade swing on the planet. As I write this on Saturday, September 14th, Jim Furyk has just become the sixth golfer in history to shoot a 59 in PGA competition. He did it yesterday in the second round of the BMW Championship.

Shooting a 59 in competition on the PGA tour is like Kobe Bryant scoring 81 points in an NBA game (which he did in 2006) or Usain Bolt doing anything at all on a running track.

Which brings me to the Foolscap Method and to the notion of the Authentic Swing. Today my new book, The Authentic Swing, becomes available to all First Look Access members, in a special First Look Access bundle of paperback, eBook, and audiobook.

But back to Jim Furyk.


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The Evolution of This Blog

By Steven Pressfield | Published: September 11, 2013

First lemme thank everybody who has signed up for FIRST LOOK ACCESS and is following the Foolscap videos (#1 last week, #2 this week) and the introduction of The Authentic Swing (all only available through FIRST LOOK ACCESS). Wow, what a sentence. Totally incomprehensible to anyone who is not a regular reader of this blog.

Thinking about this got me mulling how publishing has changed and how this blog has evolved over just the past four years. Here’s a bird’s-eye view:

When I sit down to compose a Writing Wednesdays post, I open a folder in my MacBook titled “AFGHANISTAN.” From there I go to a subfolder called “TRIBALISM VIDEO PROJECT 2009.” Finally I get to “BLOG POSTS.” Then I start a new file representing the current week’s post.

But let me go back even farther, so that crazy paragraph makes sense.


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