Interesting riff on the creative path. Pressfield does a good job of opening the kimono on what it takes to start, to continue, to deal with rejection and to learn how to enjoy the journey.
I have already listened to it several times, and will again. It's great motivation whenever I have writer's block or get in some kind of creative rut.
I haven't read another book quite like it. It covers some themes that have probably been covered in other books on overcoming procrastination, but I've never before seen the concept of 'resistance' addressed this directly and relatably.
Using resistance as a guide - that is, seeing that whatever resistance is working hardest to prevent me from doing, is what I most need to do. So if I'm making every possible excuse not to sit down and write, that's my cue to sit down and write. No matter what.
I could have used a bit more practical, step-by-step advice on how to 'turn pro'. Otherwise, this is a great read/listen.
Only NOT listening could possibly have made this better.
I like Guidall's work and voice, but it is warming and inviting. I.E. not congruous with the tone of this odious book.
I would remove the book from existence entirely.
I am an epileptic, chronic pain suffering artist, with robust family support. In the very introduction Pressfield systematically attacks the reality of my medical conditions, suggesting that they are somehow caused by personal weakness; and then goes on to suggest that I should deny myself the the emotional support I receive from my closest relationships. I cannot imagine this advice being healthy for anyone. Stay away.
Laid out are all the ways I have found to not get things done. Which makes it harder to do these things, now that I know they are just a way to avoid accomplishing what's important.
This book is going on my annual "re-listen" list, which is a VERY short list of absolutely life changing texts. The author's philosophy on the principle (universal law) of personal responsibility articulated in this book is incredibly powerful, succinct, and passionate. This is a "must listen" for anyone who feels, even a little bit, that they were put on this planet to do something great; which I trust is everyone. This book will help you step up and take action.
Good message. Better motivator than all the motivational speakers I've ever heard. Not the last time I'll enjoy this one.
This book gave me the tools to fight my most powerful enemy - resistance. Now I'm winning.
Are you someone who is fighting the inner battle every so often to get things done? The war of art gives you the tools to overpower the resistance - and helps you win every day.