The War of Art

Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3,753 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Think of The War of Art as tough love...for yourself.

Since 2002, The War of Art has inspired people around the world to defeat "resistance"; to recognize and knock down dream-blocking barriers and to silence the naysayers within us. Resistance kicks everyone's butt, and the desire to defeat it is equally as universal. The War of Art identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. 

Though it was written for writers, it has been embraced by business entrepreneurs, actors, dancers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, military service members, and thousands of others around the world.

©2011 Black Irish Entertainment LLC (P)2019 Black Irish Entertainment LLC

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Too much useless information

Good idea, but can be shared in like 20 minutes max, this book is too long and filled with air in my opinion.

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The concept of work vs. resistance is pure gold

The concept of work vs. resistance is pure gold. From a business perspective (creative production and delivery) it makes this book a must-read for any entrepreneur.

The exploration of the "muses" might appeal to purely artistic and creative types. Maybe not so much for a business person.

The author's passionate audible delivery made the listening truly enjoyable from start to finish.

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Filled with Dangerous Ideas

This book is filled with dangerous, harmful ideas, such as the thought that succumbing to "resistance" is the cause of cancer. Even ignoring that monumental flaw, this "motivational" book is severely lacking in points worth taking away - seek motivation elsewhere.

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Show up!

It’s a book that everyone must read. Especially if you are an artist or an entrepreneur.
Presented in a very impactful manner.

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Wow

I've listened to it three times and still pick up more info each time I listen

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War Against Common Sense?

I tried reading the physical version of this book, but it read like a series of bullet points listed beneath a guiding topic. Listening to this book made it much easier.

But the stuff Pressfield says is really difficult to endorse. It starts off all right. Fight back against resistance. I agree. Resistance stops us from accomplishing so much. However, when he begins explaining how ADHD or anxiety disorders are not REAL--but instead the result of resistance and procrastination--I felt a bit uneasy. He cites no sources. He has no validation for these claims, but he presents them as facts which is extremely irresponsible. When he starts saying that cancer is cured by people who produce art...yeah, I checked out.

I gave the performance three stars. Pressfield reads this in an angry-ish and judgmental tone, and I think that's right in line with the tone of the text.

I'd say save yourself the time and money. You already know that procrastination hurts. Write your own list of motivational bullet points. Hey, maybe you can publish them someday.

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Love this book!

A smooth read and entertaining one. Good way to know your true enemy. Definitely worth reading.

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must read!

are you a painter that doesn't paint?
a writer who doesn't write?
this is your book.

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Lots of truth in an hour and a half!

The first few tracks are the best ones. In the middle it was eh-ok. The ending was great.

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  • 07-13-20

Too politically correct and makes assertions

I read your book. No this is my ego and by the way your ego definition was cringe worthy, I hope you take some time reflect on your unproven assertions in this book. What you did was simply put people in the "ego" box of they don't agree with you, so try again!

The book has one good core concept in my opinion which is resistance, when you "resistance" but most people wiggle get it from the first minute without the need to get into outrages claims that you make up without EVIDENCE.

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  • soozoo
  • 06-29-19

Straight to the point

Half way through the book I wanted to put it down and get on with my true purpose. It was motivating me so badly. If you like Corey Wayne you’ll like this. The reader is very enthusiastic too, which helps a lot.

I’m going to have to listen to this more than once, there’s so much information. But that’s fine because it’s not 12 hours long.

“The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference”

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  • Sean Rafter
  • 07-09-19

He’s a pro!

Defining words from a man who sits in the daily seat of graft and fights his demons. Read this, be brave. It’s a life support for all creative souls....

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  • Mr Hunt
  • 09-14-19

Good start but too much God nonsense

Starts off really entertaining and interesting but then quickly everything has some devine reference and Gods will this and holy purpose that, and other religious nonsense. First chapter or two well worth a listen but skip the rest.

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  • Michael
  • 06-22-19

WOW SUCH A GREAT LISTEN

WOW WOW WOW WOW Read if your in need
of an understnading of how you work when you want to
produce/create something will definitely help you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-20-19

Hard to get past the ignorance of mental health

I got this hoping it'd be a good motivator and may teach me some techniques for overcoming the resistance I feel towards starting and completing projects.

Unfortunately, it became clear pretty early on that the author seems to be labouring under the opinion that his "resistance" theory is literally the explanation for everything. Resistance, the author posits, is simply the resistance one feels to accomplishing tasks we set out for. Apparently its also an "evil" force, according to the author, designed to stop you from fulfilling the potential ordained to you by God.

Apparently it explains everything.

Unfullfilling sexual encounters? That's just resistance.

Depression and anxiety? Resistance.

Drug dependence and abuse? Resistance.

Within a few chapters our author is already proposing that mental health conditions are just "made up by copywriters to sell you a cure for a desease they invented".

It's wilfully ignorant attitudes like this that make those who suffer from mental health conditions lives so much harder, as they struggle to overcome the stigma that it's just "all in your head" and they must just not want to be well enough.

Pretty disappointed.

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  • Mr N J L Dowell
  • 09-19-19

Smash you in the face wake up call

I liked this book for its grit and the authors style. A little light on practical steps in places but enjoyable and refreshingly short (many other authors would pad out less content to much longer) nonetheless.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-18-19

Excellent

Absolutely excellent. Definitely I will come back to this book. Is to good for just one listening.

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  • MR A S PRINCE
  • 09-14-19

Inspirational listen

Wonderfully written and performed. Incredibly deep at times with witty humour to break it up. Read aloud with passion.

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  • Kane hempson
  • 09-04-19

Great for any creative

This book really breaks down a nicely themed creative story with the struggles I have personally been through and more than likely many of you will. it was nice to see/feel as if I’m not alone on this journey as it sometimes feels that. This book helps you shape tools to create and what to avoid as you understand more about what you need to do!

Thank you for a great read.

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  • MR D Shukla
  • 08-07-20

Great first half. 2nd half more trying

I'm learning to write and this was recommended to me. definitely got a lot of value from the first parts of it. the spiritual side and drug side resonated less but overall very good!

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  • Abraham
  • 12-11-19

Awesome

Very insightful content. Highly recommend for all people looking to break through they’re creative rut.

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  • Marthin
  • 11-16-19

Applicable in any area of your life

Finished it in pretty much in one go - relistening again now because there is so much gold in it.

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  • Neil F
  • 09-17-19

WOW an awakening both practically and emotionally!

This universal concept at first seems too simple, ubiquitous and main stream to warrant a sophisticated review. However Stevens observations and interpretations provide abundant fodder to enlighten, embolden and empower an open mind!

Steven is upfront and forthcoming that he has written this from his spiritual perspective.
However he incorporates analogy and quotes from many view points. This idea of resistance being given power can be understood and combatted by people of any perspective or faith. He takes a vast concept and translates it into day to day morsals ripe for consumption.
I will on my second listen through no doubt make some notes and further discoveries.

Thank you Steven for your words.
Thank you Seth Godin for the recommendation and Tim Ferriss for facilitating this discovery.

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  • Marie Drum
  • 08-13-19

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brilliant stuff, listened 3 times in a row to make sure it all got stuck nto my brain, don't want to forget any part of this.

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  • Benjamin Lupton
  • 07-11-19

Missing last few pages

It is missing the last few pages about territory vs hierarchy, perhaps because they would piss off agreeable temperaments too much

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-25-19

not a good sound track

the music kept coming in at strange times and had no relevance to the story. very distracting and hard to listen to

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-19

Brutal self help

I loved this. Absolutely the kick up the butt that I have been searching for.

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  • mason marcobello
  • 07-24-20

A must read and listen for anyone who wants to turn pro

This is a great insight into the distinctions between amateurs and professionals. For anyone who makes excuses or doesn’t commit wholeheartedly to the development of their craft and skills, The War of Art will undoubtedly provide a much needed proverbial kick up the butt. Not only does Pressfield outline the varying degrees of resistance that stop us from doing what we set out to accomplish, he elaborates on the fact that is it something to conquer in solidarity. Everyone meets resistance, but everyone can also get above it. The choice is often down to the person and their self-awareness. The War of Art is basically a no fuss, practical, and clear insight into the daily application of professional work methodology and processes that only births wonders if followed and applied. And the best part is that everyone can benefit and apply the knowledge here.

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  • Rhys
  • 06-25-20

Plenty of Truisms for me

A lot of the theories in this book resonated with me in the end. They were very well presented with their examples and just struck home.

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  • Nathan
  • 06-15-20

practical, inspiring

First half practical is the door to the second half, inspired.
Read the first half. be doing it for the second.