Saturday, April 28, 2007


Good news! I'll be appearing on NBC's TODAY show, Weekend Edition, next weekend. Stay tuned for more details in my next post!

Friday, April 27, 2007


Tara Weiss just reviewed my book on FORBES.COM: "It's not a dense business book you have to force yourself to open. Boggs conducted 44 interviews with leaders across all industries and the result is an energizing, quick read that's full of interesting anecdotes about how the best of the best made it...the interviewees' stories are a fun read and a look into how average people became extraordinary... Required reading."
CLICK HERE to visit the book site where you can download a PDF of the complete feature.
CLICK HERE to see the review & Special Slide Show on FORBES.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


More Great Reader Reviews!

"Well written and organized. Particularly impressed by the way you present the subject matter with comments from those interviewed...very effective. I think the book has the potential of helping many people and being a big success...Impressed also by the larger quotes listed and not lifted from a passage to follow. References of you own life and accomplishments were well done and contributed to the overall positive messages of the book."

Backstage with Barry Noland

If you're on the East Coast, I'll be on CN. 8's Backstage with Barry Noland tommorrow night (Thursday, April 19) at 8:PM.

Also, there's a podcast interview with me on the HarperCollins web site: click here.

Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Crazy days. I've got a whirlwind schedule promoting my new book, GOT WHAT IT TAKES?, just out from HarperCollins. One stop is the Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, so mark your calendar. The show airs Friday, April 27th at around 3:PM (check your local listings).

Bill, of course, is one of the contributors to my book and the conversation should be lively.

Spin-free, too, of course.

More soon!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

New Arrival!

The book is selling fast at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Charlottesville. Word of mouth at UVA sure spreads quickly. Here's the latest comment: Hi Bill,I just wanted to let you know that the copy I ordered from Barnes & Noble arrived. Your book is a wonderful mix of light and serious, and I am absolutely impressed with the format. While it has the positive attributes of a "self-help" book (which EVERYONE loves to read and learn from), it also gives us realistic and candid glimpses into the celebrities who are REAL PEOPLE with real parents, talents, amazing insight and intelligence, and insecurities. -DEBBIE

Diane Warren To Appear On OPRAH

Diane Warren, one of the contributors to my book Got What It Takes? will be appearing on OPRAH later this month. (We'll let you know the exact date as soon as we receive it.) As you probably know, Diane is one of the world's most successful songwriters, with songwriting credits that include Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Elton John, Tina Turner, LeAnn Rimes, Toni Braxton, ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Reba McEntire, Aerosmith, Ginuwine, Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Roberta Flack, and many others. It was a great pleasure interviewing her and I think you'll enjoy what she has to say on the subject of success.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

5 Stars at Amazon for GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

I'm pleased to see readers are enjoying the book. Here's one review from

Thomas Duff "Duffbert" (Portland, OR United States) "I enjoy reading about how others have successfully navigated life and their careers. I was pleased to get the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Got What It Takes?: Successful People Reveal How They Made It to the Top by Bill Boggs. While you still have to filter their words and experiences through your own reality, it's a great read for those who are into personal improvement. Contents: Introduction - The Reasons for Success One - The Path to Success: Find Your Path; Get Hired; Capitalize on Luck and Timing; Make Good Decisions Two - The Mind-sets of Success: Seize Opportunity; Identify Your Drive, Mission, and Purpose; Cultivate Self-Confidence; Strengthen Your Will to Prevail; Defy Category Three - The Practices of Success: Work Hard; Collect Wisdom; Don't Take Anything for Granted; Take the Risk; Develop Excellent Everyday Practices Four - The Challenges of Success: Confront Fears, Insecurity, and Other Inner Demons; Learn to Cope with Stress; Allow for Regrets, Failures, and Mistakes; Overcome Adversity; Resist Ruinous Temptations; Keep Your Life in Balance Five - Advice for Success: Know When to Reassess; Use What You've Got; Industry Advice from the Pros Acknowledgements Boggs got the opportunity to interview a large number of well-known and successful people in various industries. There were some names I didn't recognize, but a large number were household names... Maria Bartiromo, Sir Richard Branson, Jim Cramer, Mario Cuomo, Christie Hefner, Matt Lauer, and Norman Lear, to name just a few. The interviews appeared to be very conversational, and the personalities of the different people shine through very well. Boggs took a somewhat different approach than most books of this sort, however. Instead of taking the "person per chapter" route, he divides the book into success components, like working hard, confronting insecurity, and keeping your life in balance. Then for that particular subject matter, he'll pull in the pieces of the interviews that corresponded to that. Seeing how people like Cramer, Anna Quindlen, and Bill Bratton all deal with stress in one consolidated chapter helps you put it all together. Boggs also adds a few "calls to action" on many of the paragraphs, so you don't get to read it all and walk away with no clue as to what to do to put it into your own life. There is the danger in a book like this to view the people as "perfect", individuals who are hyper-focused and who never make missteps. That's definitely not the case, and there are a few foibles in the different chapters. I think this book works best when you see the underlying principles of importance, paying a bit less attention to the person behind them. There's a wealth of wisdom and examples here, and it's an entertaining read. It's definitely worth reading to see where you need to notch up your performance..."

Monday, April 09, 2007

GOT WHAT IT TAKES? Launch Party!!!

Publication Day has finally arrived! GOT WHAT IT TAKES? has hit the shelves and the excitement is growing. Join me in a virtual toast to the new book's success and to YOU--all my readers! A great way to start our celebration of Spring.

Please stop by my book's official web site: for all the latest reviews and news. And if you don't have time to visit your local bookseller, you can order the book online at Amazon by clicking here.

Happy Spring!

GOT WHAT IT TAKES? The Buzz is Spreading!

In addition to two items onThe New York Post's infamous Page Six, my new book GOT WHAT IT TAKES? (HarperCollins) appears in today's Gossip Girls column... click here to read it.

We also made the People page at Monster & Critics... you can check it out HERE.

Also, there's a rave review for the book at
and an interview with me in the same issue...CLICK HERE to read the interview.

There's quite a buzz going around, so be sure to get a copy of the book tomorrow when it hits the shelves. Or you can order right now directly from Amazon .... why wait when you can crash the gate?

Stay tuned for more exciting news ahead!

Friday, April 06, 2007

Bill Bratton: Quote of the Day

"I've always had that degree of confidence that the opportunities will be there. And that I have the requisite skills to take advantage of them. If I get into something I'm not enjoying, I'm not going to spend a lot of time there. Life's too short. I'm going to seek to move on."

from Got what It Takes: Successful People Reveal How They Made It To the Top (HarperCollins). CLICK HERE to buy.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Maria Bartiromo: Quote of the Day

"Luck and timing have everything to do with my success."
from Got what It Takes: Successful People Reveal How They Made It To the Top (HarperCollins). CLICK HERE to buy.

Diane von Furstenberg: Quote of the Day

"It serves you every single day of your life not to be afraid. You think about it. You think, 'why,' and whatever. But to not be afraid is a huge plus."

from Got what It Takes: Successful People Reveal How They Made It To the Top (HarperCollins). CLICK HERE to buy.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


I'm pleased to announce that starting Wednesday, April 4th, I'll be featuring a "Quote of the Day" selected from my book, GOT WHAT IT TAKES? SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE REVEAL HOW THEY MADE IT TO THE TOP (HarperCollins). You'll enjoy nuggets of wisdom from the many celebrities who contributed to the book, so please stop by each day and check it out.