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.
The book is fine as it is and very well written. I was just surprised on how short it was.
This book isn't for entertainment purposes. It's more of a self-help guide.
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.
This book is incredibly well written and read by the author. It's barefoot honestly on aspects of life and how each of us can move out of the way and share our unique skills.
Pressfield annihilates resistance with a work so profound and thorough, it makes the artist pick up his or her brush and rush the human race that millimeter closer to their destination. A rockstar work for the writer, the painter, construction worker or stay-at-home mom.
Nothing makes the work of an artist more fulfilling that the accomplishment of sitting down and doing the work. "The War of Art" convicts and compels one to sit down and do the work. And if you'll excuse me, it's time to get back to work.
As a creative thinker this book inspired me to fight the resistance that's holding me back from achieving my personal goals. The narration was quite clear, great tone, and easy to follow. I would recommend this book not not only aspiring artists, and entrepreneurs but to everyone who's ever felt stuck.