CL234: Life Lessons From The Wizard Of Oz – Interview with Peter Guzzardi

Peter Guzzardi
After a lifetime in book publishing, Peter Guzzardi had edited a remarkable group of diverse authors, from Stephen Hawking to Deepak Chopra, from Carol Burnett to Douglas Adams.. Yet everything he’d learned from working with them felt oddly familiar. One day it suddenly became clear: all that wisdom had its roots in a film he’d watched as a child, “The Wizard of Oz.” That revelation led to his first book ‘Emeralds of Oz: Life Lessons From Over the Rainbow’. Deepak Chopra says: “The nine Emeralds in this book provide a powerful, near-magical tool for navigating any difficult situation. I have been using them myself, and my life is more effortless, spontaneous, and joyful.”


In this episode, we cover:
  • 1:47 – From editor to writer
  • 4:21 – Working with difficult people
  • 5:27 – The two types of book editor
  • 6:20 – The structural editor
  • 7:02 – Working with first time authors
  • 9:01 – The Wizard of Oz
  • 10:54 – The Heroes Journey
  • 13:36 – Your ideal reader
  • 17:15 – Listen to your longing
  • 18:57 – Seeing it for the first time
  • 20:08 – Celebrate yourself just for showing up
  • 21:05 – Choose compassion
  • 22:10 – Realise you already possess what you want most
  • 23:30 – Face what you fear
  • 24:08 – Pull back the curtain and see things as they really are
  • 24:56 – You’ve got the power
  • 25:34 – There’s no place like home
  • 26:58 – Working with Douglas Adams
  • 27:15 – Writing to deadlines
  • 28:09 – “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”
  • 30:02 – How to get unstuck
  • 32:32 – Spoken word vs written word

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