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 might work for some. It didn't work for me. Ostensibly, the author listed all the things we do, unrelated to work, and referred to them as resistance. For those who need deeper insight, this book will not meet your needs. I found it flat as can be. That said, it does serve as a finger wagging reminder that really, all you gotta do is JUST GET TO WORK.
It got me writing every day.
This one was a life-changer. Pressfield's ideas about Resistance are specifically for writers, but I have artist and entrepreneurial friends who've gotten just as much motivation and value from them. It's a short, galvanizing book. The ideas are forceful. He expresses them in his own terms, which employ metaphors of war and sport that I'd normally find distasteful, but which here just feel honest and straightforward. He's not trying to please everyone (which is, in fact, a big part of his advice to other writers).
I'd say that if you are an artist, a writer, a musician, or the a practitioner of any craft or skill that you wish you were doing more of, or were more devoted to, The War of Art might be a game-changer for you. It was for me: after listening to it, I completed revisions on a long-procrastinated novel and have continued to write nearly every day.
George Guidall is an excellent narrator for this material. His voice is wry and humorous, and he brings a deep understanding of the text to his reading, every paragraph pitch perfect. I think he adds a significant dimension to the book that I wouldn't have gotten from the print version.
This is a wonderful book for anyone on this journey through life. We all have some passion deep within us, and, as the author so simply notes, humans have this tendency to sabotage ourselves. Anytime I need a pick-me-up to get my motivation perked, I listen to this book. It is awsome and so easy to understand. Love it.
It's better than any self-help book I've ever read because it cuts through the chase of what's going on in the human psyche, for all humans, really.
George Guidall took a little getting used to, but the message of the book is so sincere that after a while I was fine with his "elderly" voice. I guess it's apropos to have that type of voice imparting such awesome wisdom.
The best thing I learned is that whatever it is I want to do, I can just do it. I don't necessarily have to have a title for it.
Great book and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Incredible audio recording and the content spoke straight to the heart of my life!
It's true. listen, you'll know what I mean.
My favorite audiobook of all time (and I've listened to quite a few)
I must begin this review with a discussion of the narrator. I adore George Guidall's voice. I could listen to him in the midst of a tornado and feel calmed and reassured that all was well. Such is his gift of narration. While I don't mind speeding up most other narrators, I would normally consider it a form of sacrilege to speed up a book George Guidall was narrating, but by the end of this one, I was at 3x speed. That's how bad it became.
It started out well. To summarize the best points, which all occurred in the first part of the book:
The toughest part of any project is getting started, which is why discipline and a schedule are immensely helpful in the creative process. Just because the process is creative doesn't mean that it should be impulsive. Scheduled work is work that helps the process along.
Figure that there are going to be pressures, disappointments, and irritations (Pressfield calls all of the above resistance). Ignore and fight anything or anybody that keeps you from your work.
Consider failure a learning experience and proof that you are succeeding at getting something done, even if that something is failure, itself. Better to try than to be lazy.
Laziness is next to being dead. To be productive is to be alive and to be alive is to be productive.
While I don't agree with everything he says about the importance of being at work all the time (one can drive oneself crazy with that idea), I also agree with the author that one can drive oneself crazy by being too lazy or, at least, lackadaisical, in one's work. We all need to know that we've accomplished something, and there is something to be said for the idea that time is your life and how you spend it is how you spend your life, so you'd better spend it well.
All of the above said, this book is not worth the crude language and the mixed-up pseudo-religious ideas that muck it up. I don't know what religion the author really professes given that he stole ideas from the Illiad and the Odyssey, from humanism, from stoicism, from Indian mysticism, and from pantheism. I don't know what that combination amounts to, but I found it contridictory and irrelevant to the topic. He rambles on at length about the importance of dreams, the self, and the ego to no productive end, as far as I could tell.
What I was expecting was help in the fight against procrastination, and some of that was present in the first part of the book, but that wasn't worth what I endured during the rest of the book. It's really bad when George Guidall's voice can't save it. My advice? Save the money and/or the credit and write yourself a schedule for completing projects that are important to you and stick with it. There. Now you won't have to fight through this badly-written book, which should give you more time to work on your project.
Get to Work. A motivational bit of prose to help you tip toe around your own self sabotage.
Likely not, in that by the author's own admission he is primarily a writer of fiction and this work was more of a one off. The autobiographical nature of the book is what attracted me to it.
He has a very clean and crisp delivery; his mature voice was the perfect cast to share an artist's reflections on his own career in procrastination.
In the few weeks since I bought The War of Art, I am listening to it for the third time. There is truth, so much truth in this book. Like Victor Hugo in Les Misérables, Steven Pressfield is occasionally excessive and tangential, but I agree with 85% of what he has to say, and that 85% is insightful and inspirational in the extreme. Every writer who loves writing and wants to win through the fear and pain and finish something should read this book. Every artist of any kind, every human being who strives toward a worthy goal should read this book.George Guidall delivers a reading worthy of the material, and that's saying something. His expression is earthy, lively, perfect for this highly motivational book.
I like autumn night times. Curtains drawn. The dim lamp. Chaired with a book. Fireside hours. A warm peace.
This is basically some random thoughts by Pressfield. He makes some valid points and it was a decent listen. He describes his struggles with creating stories and the failures that entail with aspiring authors. This was my first Pressfield writing, and I enjoyed it. Not too long, but not too short either.