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.
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 really helped me see how much resistance had taken over my work and how I've been stunting my own professional progress by not really committing.
I've listened to it twice and will keep it running and inspiring me to do my work and not get off track.
just one more book lover
This is a jumpstart audiobook. It will give you a kick in the butt if you are procrastinating on some long-held dream. Pressfield even gives some theory behind procrastination and offers up the enemy, Resistance, against whom we must do battle.
Possibly the most helpful information is his detailing of the many ways we sabotage our dreams. Some of them will surprise you and yet seem oh so obvious. Understanding what we do, or do not do, is half the battle.
There are other excellent books on habit--breaking bad ones, developing good ones--that would be a good follow up to this volume.
This book was so good that I listed to it over again once I finished it the first time. I highly recommend it. Really puts your thoughts into perspective and makes sense out of the world and the people in it.