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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Absolutely, sometimes you need to put yourself in check and recognize your behaviors and this is a fun and quick listen.
The humor, it didn't feel like a sappy self help book.
The idea of going pro, of putting the time in every day even if nothing fruitful comes of it.
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.
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.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
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.
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.
The reference to religion, religious schools and all involved with it as being destructive and the hint that an artist could not possibly be a religious fundamentalist.
Stayed on the topic and kept his views on religion to himself, or have a title that tells us that he's going to call some people destructive and incapable of art.
The narrator was fine
I thought this book started out great and then all of the sudden there's some sort of switch to a very biased view of religions, which of course he has the right to have but it definitely turned me off from bothering to finish the book.
This book unblocked my career more than any other. Listen to it once. And then listen to it again. The concepts here within are the most important to having a professional artistic career, weather that is writing, painting, filmmaking, pottery etc.
It's not writing that is hard. It is sitting down to write. This is resistance. And this is the core issue this book addresses.
Say something about yourself!
Pressfield has created something magnificent. I respect this book so highly that I have read it three times and will probably read it about a dozen more times. If you're battling something shadowy and ambiguous, if you feel as if a brick wall is standing between you and your art, your true self, your destined life: this book will transform you. In only positive ways.
Artists and creative thinkers! Read this book. Let it sink in. Pick up your swords and your shields and give us what you've got.
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