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The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle | [Steven Pressfield]

The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

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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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.

©2002 Steven Pressfield (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Dianna Calgary, AB, Canada 02-22-14
    Dianna Calgary, AB, Canada 02-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Understanding resistance to getting at the work"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book at it really presents a good argument why most of us think about things we want to create but never manage to get to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The War of Art?

    There is a quote from the Scottish Himalayan Expedition (WR Murray) which rings so true and fits into the overall themes in the book perfectly.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George's voice lent a credibility to the material. There was a purposeful use of emphasis which was enough to enhance points without getting annoying. Good Narration!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were moments in this book that were so true to my own thoughts that I felt completely in tune with the author. And I will listen to this book more than once I am sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book especially for the person wanting to create something but resisting gettting at it.

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    Jonathon Silt, CO, United States 02-14-14
    Jonathon Silt, CO, United States 02-14-14
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    "Ironicly Lazy"
    Would you try another book from Steven Pressfield and/or George Guidall?

    If it is fiction, I would absolutely consider a book by Pressfield.


    What was most disappointing about Steven Pressfield’s story?

    The book is full of claims with no backup. I know Pressfield wasn't writing for peer reviewed journals on his methods of defeating procrastination, but there are a lot of assumptions made that should not have been.


    Did George Guidall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I don't pay that much attention to the reader unless it is really bad or really good so he must have been in between that.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, and annoyance. Spoiler alert: To defeat procrastination you should pray to muses and rely on angels. Okie dokie. Next time just tell me to throw a penny in a wishing well and save me a couple hours.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't say the book is worthless. I'm sure some people can find some motivation in there somewhere. It was just a lazy book of claims from someone that sees themselves as an authority on a subject. It comes off more like a drunk bar conversation with someone telling you the secret to their success.

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    Mel Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-22-14
    Mel Santa Cruz, CA, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Now go Create"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, friends who cherish their creative streaks would enjoy it most. How many more words do I need?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    unsure of how I could describe my favorite character in a minimum of 15 words


    Which scene was your favorite?

    unsure of how I could describe my favorite scene in a minimum of fifteen words


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I listened during multiple car rides because I do not often get the luxury of a couple hours to listen in one sitting - or one walk


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. L. Moore Pennsylvania, USA 12-19-13
    E. L. Moore Pennsylvania, USA 12-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Extremely Useful Ideas for Creative People"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    CamT MI, USA 12-12-13
    CamT MI, USA 12-12-13
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    "Expected way more. Not memorable."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably not gonna recommend this. I listened to it twice thinking that maybe I didn't get it. No it's just a lot of confusing smoke in your eyes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There's no ending or a beginning really. But if I had to tell you then I'm say I was waiting for something epic and was let down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nick FOREST GROVE, OREGON, United States 11-25-13
    Nick FOREST GROVE, OREGON, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "All the things you are afraid to admit"
    Would you listen to The War of Art again? Why?

    Absolutely, sometimes you need to put yourself in check and recognize your behaviors and this is a fun and quick listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor, it didn't feel like a sappy self help book.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The War of Art?

    The idea of going pro, of putting the time in every day even if nothing fruitful comes of it.


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    Al San Francisco, CA 08-02-13
    Al San Francisco, CA 08-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Best book on creativity and removing resistance"

    fascinating book on execution and productivity , one of the best book and recommended highly, a must read

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    Tony J. Hackerott McPherson, Ks United States 07-16-13
    Tony J. Hackerott McPherson, Ks United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2011

    Love reading tech & business especially when it comes in a single book.

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    "My #1 Book Of All Time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Pressfield is a genius. I am not sure why he struggled for so many years as you will hear in this book, but it would eventually benefit you and I. This book is my favorite book of all time and I have went through them all. If you are thinking about it then stop and click the buy button. That way I can say, "I told you so"....


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    The Royal's San Francisco, CA, United States 07-09-13
    The Royal's San Francisco, CA, United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "All the way through 1 time beginning to end great!"
    Would you listen to The War of Art again? Why?

    Yes, every couple months just to self evaluate progress & to get another drilling of this much needed to hear info.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The War of Art?

    That what ever it is you are looking to accomplish, the best way to do that is to just get started.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I teared up a couple times hearing validation that it all isn't for nothing.


    Any additional comments?

    #Deathsquad

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    Scott San Diego, CA, United States 07-08-13
    Scott San Diego, CA, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely Crucial For Any Creative Person"
    Where does The War of Art rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top!! Destined to be a classic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Pressfield not only identifies what derails most creative types but also offers practical solutions to obliterate those obstacles.


    What did you learn from The War of Art that you would use in your daily life?

    That to overcome resistance in all its various forms, I have to commit (on an hourly or at least daily basis) to being a pro. Professionals do things- take actions- that amateurs do not.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're on the fence about getting this book- please, for your own sanity just get it. It's pretty much a masterpiece for how to break the chains of avoidance and "do your work"

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