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.
This book goes off course into a lot of mumbo jumbo. A waste of time and money. Narration was fine. Content was pathetic. If you are looking for a boost to your creative production, try The Power of Habit. It was much more helpful.
The Power of Habit offers sound advice and examples, not some nebulous new age bilge.
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.
Searching for the lie that tells the truth.
I listen to this book about once a month to stay focused on creating new and wondrous worlds.
It is my armor to defeat my ego and my sword to become my true self.
I've read or listened to this book at least a dozen times. The information and insight in to this little book is, in my experience, unmatched. Any person who struggles with overcoming self defeating behavior should read this.
The book is short, easy to read and even entertaining.
In a society where we are unconsciously being influenced and distracted by external sources It's hard to conceptualize what "thinking outside the box" means, and when we come across a book such as this one which offers a unique perspective on life based on real experiences, totally different from the trending topics that most other similar books on self help and creativity focus on, it helps one look at life from an outside perspective. It gave me another thread to follow, as a possible solution or way to deal with all things life puts in my path.
I felt like Mr. Pressfield had written that book just for me! I'm grateful to mr. Pressfield for overcoming the resistance and sharing his wisdom and knowledge with the world. I will take what I have learned from this book and apply to my life, thank you!!