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.
Lost me at chapter 1! I was so looking forward to listening to this book. Was recommended by some friends. Quickly became apparent how the author lacked credibility on the subject when he began stereotyping certain groups of people in prejudicial manner. Having previously been active in some of those groups, I could not believe an author could get away with poor scholarship maligning people of other cultures. No respect for diversity was a problem but the author based the premise of his thesis on this faulty foundation. Disgusted, I tried to listen and get something good but the more he went on, the worst his biases colored his writing in nonsensical format. Had to stop by chapter 1 and return the book!
Deliver on creative premise without starting with a closed mind that attacks diversity of culture and various viewpoints.
This book contains a very concise distillation of deep wisdom and understanding. Read it.this is one of the top 10 books out of the last 200 audiobooks I have listened to.