There is some value to the content provided in this book however it is way too spiritual / mystical and just not grounded in reality for my liking. So much so that for me it eclipsed any of the truly meaningful nuggets I could get out of it. I won't be listening a second time so the result is it wasn't all that valuable to me.
I think many of the things explained as other worldly could be easily explained naturally and would of been a much better book if the author had done so imo. In any case if you're not a spiritual person I would skip this book.
The authenticity and experience of the author resonated with me. I agreed with many points that he made and appreciated some new perspectives that challenged me to think differently. I will recommend The War of Art to others and will listen to it again.
I love its encouraging and positive message. Reading/listening to it motivates me to improve my game.
Within 10 minutes of listening I knew I'd be sending copies of it to half a dozen of my friends.
I listened to this book after I heard Seth Godin speak about it for the 10th time.
The book is fantastic. Pressfield gives fantastic real world examples about doing work that matters compared to just staying busy.
Resistance did not stop me from writing this review! I have read this book for the third time now and am still very compelled. Me. Pressfield's message holds truth, and is the foundation in building the core intangible qualities to being successful. I would recommend this book to anyone. Anyday. Truly a transcending and inspirational book.
You know it's going to be a great book when you replay the foreword twice!
If you're on a journey of self realisation and improvement, this is a great addition to your library!
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brilliant book ..very enlightening. .listening to it again ..love it . I suggest you read it
I will be forever grateful to the friend who recommended this book.
As an artist, I have beat myself up my entire life for procrastinating, which only leads to more shame and avoiding my work more.
As Pressfield explained 'resistance', I went from the shame that I hadn't done anything (and contemplating abandoning my projects altogether), to feeling I wasn't alone. I now see that my procrastination and fear is just a sign that I really want to be doing the work; it matters dearly to me.
The first half of the book deals with the ego/mind side of things- how we trick ourselves into procrastination and avoidance. He brings words to the concept of writer's block that have changed my language around my work.
The second half of the book is surprisingly spiritual. I have always believed that my work channels down from something bigger than myself, and Pressfield affirms that. It took the pressure off in a way I couldn't have imagined. How I get over my resistance now is just by tapping into my muses, and surrendering to the message flowing down through me.
This quote by Martha Graham explains it perfectly:
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”
The narrator definitely adds tone to the work.
I would include practicals for overcoming the inner struggle of an artist and not just point out the "resistance".
The first half is the best.
Don't expect life changing words but it does gives you an image of the negative force that is stopping you from creating your art.