- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Black Irish Entertainment LLC; unknown edition (Jan. 11 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936891026
- ISBN-13: 978-1936891023
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 200 g
- Average Customer Review: 214 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles Paperback – Jan 11 2012
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"A vital gem...A kick in the ass for all of us with a tendency towards procrastination."^"Amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation."
About the Author
STEVEN PRESSFIELD is the author of Turning Pro, Do the Work, The Warrior Ethos and the international bestselling novels, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, The Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, and The Profession. He lives in Los Angeles.
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What I mean by Resistance is self-sabotage. Steven Pressfield goes into detail about this in this book. He realized that the reason many people are not happy with their current life due to not spending time with their true callings. There are many reasons for this, having kids, stressful job, no time. Yet, this all plays into Resistance hands. If everyone in this world follows their true calling in life, there would be no drug problems, no depression, no anxiety issues etc. Since most people don't even scratch their true calling, they fall prey to Resistance and live a mediocre life.
With this read, Steven Pressfield outlines all the symptoms of Resistance and how to fight it. It's simple, but not easy. With Steven Pressfield's guidance, you will have the knowledge to fight and defeat Resistance.
You have goals in your life. If you didn't, then you wouldn't be searching for this book. Reading this book will help you realize the chains you have on. If you put the effort in and have the patience, you will overcome Resistance.
So what are you waiting for? Get this book and start the journey to your creative life. We only have one life, and why take the chance in not ever following our calling.
Books I and II are excellent. I found Book III a strikeout, but didn't care, because I was glad to return to I and II to reread. Those two Books are foundational and entirely worth the price of whole book. I can heartily recommend The War of Art, and have purchased one more of Pressfield's books (Do The Work), and intend to purchase at least one more I've looked at (Nobody Wants To Read Your Sh*t).
Part 1 is okay, but basically says we are all procrastinators - no news there! It also contains a bizarre, unexpected discussion of art and fundamentalism (??) that comes totally out of left field.
Part 2 tells you to be a professional about your project - just get to work.
Part 3 discusses inspiration, muses, angels etc, and while I find these topics interesting I have read much better discussions elsewhere.
I wanted to get something out of this but can't recommend it.
Although a short read, I found the author trailed off on what he was trying to talk about, in return leaving you confused.
I did not like how he brought God into the book, more so near the end.
Found he quoted or mentioned examples a lot of events or people, that maybe most people wouldnt know who they are.
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