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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Great motivation book for anyone. Not just artists. Great narration as well. Full of helpful quotes. Right at the beginning he says in each one of us there is a life and an unlived life of what we are supposed to be. That really got me into the mood to finish the book.
Couldn't tell you.
Fear is part of the creative process; it's not supposed to be comfortable.
This book has had a fantastic impact, and its primary observation--that "resistance" is part of the process, and should not push one from one's work--really grounds me. Still, like, 40 percent of the thing is 'artiste' elitism, which is a real creative turn-off for me.
I felt I had to turn down the volume, in case neighbors walked by my apartment and heard this British man's voice saying things like, "Attention Deficit Disorder, Seasonal Affect Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder. These aren't diseases. They're marketing ploys!" Yeah, they're not. Those are all real, medically diagnosable disorders.
So, HEADS UP: Anyone born with (very real) chemical, neurological deficiencies, anyone not living on Amish farmlands, as well as those with medical licenses will likely be pretty f**king annoyed around minute 33. Just looking out, fellow brain-havers :).
just finished listening, am about to listen again. a bit deep at times, but strikes to the core of getting down to business and allowing yourself to be creative.
This book is for everyone on the planet. Don't let the title limit your thoughts regarding content. Perfect title, but so much more. The book masterfully covers everyone's war against resistance and fear, as barriers to finding oneself, one's purpose and one's true work on this planet. It's a divine roadmap guiding it's listeners/readers to not only find/acknowledge their true selves and gifts, but is also a divine 'shove' to get to work on 'your' work. Once it's explained in the book, why it's taken 'you' so long to get to your work and live your real purpose, you will instantly recognize this in yourself with a new understanding. From this new understanding, you will explode out of the gate and start doing the work you are on this planet to do - no more delays, no more procrastination, self-doubt or resistance. If you are contemplating this title - it's no accident. It's an envelope addressed directly to you. Open it and change your life! -- Thank you Steven Pressfield and your muse for this true work of art. It's a Rembrandt of self-development and the divine. -- The narration of this book is excellent. Listening all over again tomorrow. -- This is one you will listen to repeatedly. It's that revealing - it's that amazing! Buy it now and listen now!
Author's voice is a little hard to stay in tune with. Not bad, just a little too monotone for what I like it. I would lose concentration. Great content in the book.
1st half is straight genius. Among the best things I have read about the internal struggle.
The second half is bat sh!t crazy. Oozes new age nonsensical babble. I want to believe he is just illustrating spirituality and God poetically but it is all over the place.
To be fair I believe in God and am A Christ follower and perhaps that makes it more crazy to me..but really it is sorta cult like.
Read the first half..once it gets crazy shut it off.
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This is a refreshing take on procrastination of any kind. I am not your typical procrastinator however, this book still applies. I am changed. Thank you Steven.
I compare this book to Napoleon Hill's "Outwitting the Devil". What Hill calls the devil, Pressfield calls 'resistance'. Incredible concept.
I did not like Guidall's performance. I felt someone younger should have read the book. Sorry George.
The idea of resistance being the enemy of us all. Also, I must honor my muse self.
Loved this book. Thank you!
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