Oliver Phisher (@OPhisher) is an author, and good friend of mine currently residing in the beautiful city of Belfast.
From the early stages of our friendship, I had always known that Oliver, with his introspectiveness, was going to be a writer in some form. His experience of toiling away in self-publishing is invaluable to any wannabe author and novice writer out there, who struggles to make movement on their writing project.
There are many parallels with self-development and writing, because so much of what you achieve is ultimately dependent on what you set your mind to and complete. To be a writer is the ultimate form of ownership of your life.
Oliver is an incredible friend, who will always challenge me on a belief, viewpoint or process in my life. I hope this episode underlines how valuable that can be to your own life.
Topics we discussed:
- Where the moniker Oliver Phisher came from
- Anthropomorphic Animals & his earliest childhood memory
- Why he’s focused on self-improvement
- Combatting the futility of life
- Dealing with dark periods in life
- What he aims for with his writing
- What is “The Plain White Room” about?
- Being self-aware and emotionally intelligent
- How “The Plain White Room” is important to him
- What he’s learned about the publishing industry
- The main thing that aspiring authors miss
- Tips for first-time writers & learning from respected authors
Watch the episode:
- 04:54 – Where the moniker Oliver Phisher came from
- 06:10 – Anthropomorphic Animals & his earliest childhood memory
- 08:04 – Why he’s focused on self-improvement
- 15:13 – Emily Rodda’s “Rowan of Rin”
- 18:41 – Combatting the futility of life
- 19:57 – Lessons learnt from his parents
- 24:43 – Dealing with dark periods in life
- 25:45 – Stoicism
- 32:09 – What he aims for with his writing
- 34:01 – What is “The Plain White Room” about?
- 39:15 – How “The Plain White Room” is important to him
- 41:53 – What have you learned about the publishing industry?
- 46:46 – The main thing that aspiring authors miss
- 54:53 – Tips for first-time writers & learning from respected authors
- 58:44 – What’s his morning and evening ritual?
- 01:03:06 – Best purchase under $200
- 01:05:17 – Most influential book
- 01:07:13 – Who or what comes to mind when he thinks of success
- 01:08:33 – If he could have a billboard anywhere
- 01:08:58 – Where people can find him online
- Oliver Phisher on Twitter , Facebook page
- Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens
- Irving Fisher
- Ernest Hemingway
- Joss Whedon
- On Writing, by Stephen King
- Rowan of Rin, by Emily Rodda
- Charlie Munger
- Ryan Holiday
- Raymond Carver
- Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari
- Tribe of Mentors, by Tim Ferriss
- Not For the Faint-Hearted, by Kevin Rudd
- The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
- John Howard
- Google Home Mini
- The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande
- Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
- ‘MJ’ in relation to our past guest Michael Jayaranjan
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