Take a Look Behind the Curtain with Eric Maisel,
Author of Secrets of a Creativity Coach
About Eric Maisel:
Q. What are your previous occupations?
A. I’ve pretty much always worked
for myself as a writer, coach, and therapist, although I did some adjunct
college teaching for a decade at St. Mary’s College (Moraga, California). I’ve
been self-employed for more than 40 years and during that time have written more
than 40 books!
Q. What was your favorite job?
A. Although I
love coaching, training coaches, presenting workshops, and everything else I do,
I am “primarily” a writer. That is my favorite job!
Highschool and/or College did you attend?
A. I went to a special math and
science high school in Manhattan, Stuyvesant High School. Then I went on to
Brooklyn College, where I flunked out quickly , not being at all
interested in school. That led to the Army, after which I attended first Oregon
State University and then the University of Oregon, where I got a degree in
philosophy. Since then I’ve gotten 4 more degrees, another bachelor’s, two
master’s, and a Phd.
Q. Who is your favorite author?
light reading, Georges Simenon (the Maigret mysteries). Otherwise, the
existential writers: Camus, Kafka, Dostoevsky, etc.
Q. Who is your
favorite recording artist or song?
A. The Dueling Anthems scene from
Q. What is your favorite Movie or TV Show?
Sneak Peak Behind
Q. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Q. Who is your greatest role model?
A. I have
none. I probably don’t believe in the idea of “role model.” I like it when
people do a great job of doing what needs to be done, but I don’t then put them
on a pedestal. People are people — and actions speak louder than words.
Q. How do you define success?
A. Well, our mind wants all sorts of
successes, like bestsellers and such, but I think that we feel most successful
when we make ourselves proud by our efforts. If we keep doing the next right
thing, however we define that, we have a shot at feeling genuinely successful.
Q. What is the secret to your success?
A. Sticking to my guns
. I write in many controversial areas and I have to keep looking to
myself for guidance, direction, strength, and motivation. We must make our own
meaning and our own strong life purpose choices!
Q. If you could
live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A. Probably one of the
great cities: London, Paris, New York. But we are surrounded by family where we
are, so that is the right place to be!
Q. What’s your kryptonite?
A. Peanuts? Mortality? Potato chips? Mortality?
historical figure do you most relate to?
A. In a way, Eisenhower before
D-Day. In another way, Orwell.
Q. What is your biggest regret?
A. Only small, trivial-sized regrets. That’s pretty lucky!
do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
A. I think that many
of my books are really good . But it is probably showing up every day,
day after day, for decades, doing the work.
Q. What is your best
advise to people whom look up to you and your success?
A. Whatever you see
as your work, do it every day. If you don’t have work of that sort, work that
feels valuable, important, and meaningful, stop everything and try to discern
what that work might be! Until we figure out what our work really is, we have no
way to manifest our values and principles or live our life purposes.
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