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.
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.
Bumped into this book by accident or serendipity, and really has changed my life in a positive manner. It's a must read for those of us that are waking up. It's a good start if you would like to kick the procrastinating habit. This is a great Tool to have in our toolbox. Great job and Thank You ,Mr Pressfield
As an avid reader and a hopeful published writer one day, as well as a professional marketer, artist and business owner, I've never been affected to the extent I was and am by the potency of Steven's words. He gets to the heart of the matter in each area that does matter. Certainly the ones I struggle with daily. So I say a huge thank you. You've made a big positive difference in how I view my written words. I would recommend this inspirational book to everyone. BTW I don't normally write reviews - this is telling in and of itself. Again, I highly recommend this book.
Not only is the information incredibly useful and potentially transformative, the writing style is a pleasure to listen to. Highly recommended for all artists, entrepreneurs, and creative spirits.
It's good but really reads like one long motivational.speech. I certainly didn't dislike it but maybe its just recanting the obvious to a weathered creator thats already discovered the "self". if you lack motivation then this may be the book for you.
I love the style that the author used to write this book and the narrator, who ways does a great job, captured the essence intended!
Everyone I know deserves the freedom I feel after hearing this book. Freedom, possibility, and clarity abound, for every path that I see for my career and life. Artists, entrepreneurs, parents, and teenagers may drastically shorten their struggle of finding their next "true calling" if their experience is similar to mine.
Thank you to Steven Pressfield and its creators for creating it.