The Accidental CEO


Two years ago I wrote a book called How to Build a Business Warren Buffett Would Buy: The R.C. Willey Story. Tonight a television documentary based on the book will air on BYUtv, a worldwide cable/satellite television channel that reaches 60 million U.S. homes via DirecTV, Dish Network and over 500 cable systems.

When BYUtv called last year and asked if I'd make the film, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. Neither could the superb film director, writer, editor and associate producer that worked with me. All of us were drawn to this rags-to-riches story where the good guys finish first.

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When You're Feeling Sad


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,

Brown paper packages tied up with strings –

These are a few of my favorite things.

When the dog bites,

When the bee stings,

When I'm feeling sad,

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don't feel so bad!

Julie Andrews sung these classic lyrics from Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein in The Sound of Music. The song is a great anecdote to circumstances of life that can get you down.

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The Next Outbreak

During my career I've written well over fifty articles and essays for newspapers and magazine. It's fair to say that none of them tackle a public health issue as serious as the one I've written about in today's New York Times. It's called THE NEXT OUTBREAK and it deals wtih American's false sense of security over the E. coli outbreak sweeping across Europe. You can read it here (Link to Article).

And I'll be in studio with Diane Rehm on NPR in Washington Monday morning at 10 AM EST to discuss this further.

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Postcards From A Book Tour


Today I'm writing from Portland, Oregon, where I landed last night after concluding my first week on the road to promote POISONED. This has been the most emotional book tour of my career. Crying usually signals sadness. But most of the tears shed this past week were triggered by gratitude and inspiration. Come along and I'll give you a flavor.

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I Love What I Do


New Trailer For Poisoned

When I entered law school I wanted to be a prosecutor. I'm so glad I became a writer instead. Law was the more conventional path. But I jumped to the unpredictable world of writing when my wife told me she believed I could succeed as an author. It's a lot easier to believe in yourself when someone else believes in you.

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