Internationally best-selling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.
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The book was total nonsense. I am surprised that George Guildall read it. If I am not sure about a book, that fact that he reads it influences me to get it. But, this book is a total waste of time and ridiculous.
The ideas communicated in this work are never once substantiated, are most often obviously incorrect, and are nearly always contradicted by other claims the author makes within the text. George Guidall does a nice job in communicating the material. I would actually like to hear George read something that isn't such a waste of time.
I liked George's performance. He clearly prepared for the reading and is rather articulate. Thankfully he read fast to shorten the amount of time the listener has to listen to the tripe the author wrote down. Interestingly and rather amusingly, though, this haste conveys a strong sense that Pressfield was manic while writing this work.
I would have totally rejected it.
If you're looking for a work that has information that matters and thus is actually inspirational instead of insane, try "The Drunkard's Walk." It's a bit longer but well worth a complete listen.
When I am being overwhelmed by the resistance so I read/listen to the book again. Would that be considered yielding to the Resistance? Either way it is a great book. A must listen!!
SciFi and Business Productivity
This is one of those rare books that should be read regularly. Could not recommend it more highly for anyone who wants to create anything.
Do the Work...
My favorite character was Fizzle. he was so realistic....
when I farted. Great question, though.
If you create anything, read this book.
As a metaphor on the nature of the creative struggle I found it illuminating.
But it wanders off in to magical thinking and ideas such as suggesting the stifling of passions being the possible cause of cancer....
Well I don't think Steve Jobs stifled his passions and alas he is no longer with us.
I have listened to The War of Art several times and each time I grasp a new insight. Steven Pressfield says all artists and creative types struggle with what he calls resistance and that resistance is just a natural state for us as humans. There is no getting rid of resistance other than to do your work, whether that be painting, sculpting, writing, or creating a new business venture.
David Bayles Art and Fear is a work with a similar theme. The War of Art is an easier read, or listen, and more action oriented rather than philosophical.
The first time I listened to this book listened all the way through without a pause - I just didn't want to stop listening.
I'm a narrator for Audible and a lover of recorded fiction in the mystery/thriller genre. A great book needs a great narrator.
YES, a must read for anyone with a creative bone in their body or anyone who even thinks they might have one, this is a landmark piece of work!
I loved it all, hard to pinpoint, George Guidall presents Pressfield's insightful material with a divine-like resonance. I've never heard the notion of "resistance" defined the way Pressfield explains it, wonderful!
Every moment of it, he is a master narrator who has honed his skill to a fine point and his voice is perfect for the material.
We're all divine with innate talent, it's up to us to defeat "Resistance" and bring it on!
This should be required listening for all students, it would change the world! :)
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.
First defining the resistance we face in trying to live our authentic lives, then offering ways to combat it and finally offering a course of action to continuing a course to living it, this book is a phenomenal resource that gives you a path to create a better life for yourself. Highly recommended for anyone who feels like they have lost focus, hope or purpose in their life.
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