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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

Featured Article: Quotes About Hard Work to Keep You Motivated and Moving Forward


The things most worth doing require the most from us—it takes hard work to accomplish important tasks, achieve major goals, and realize your dreams. Commitment, sweat, exhaustion, frustration, and a willingness to fail are all necessary parts of taking on challenges. When you’re in the middle of a difficult project, there will be times when you’re tempted to simply give up. In such moments, look to these quotes about hard work to keep you going.

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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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Wow

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

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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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Half of it is about praising God

Most arguments are about "the sacred", "the holy" and fighting the evil "resistance"...
there was one good chapter talking about a down to earth comparison between being Pro vs being Amateur.

At least the book was short so I didn't waste too much time.

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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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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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I listened to half an hour and it already ruined my entire day

I got through about thirty minutes of this book before I couldn’t take it anymore. The central thesis is that procrastinating inhibits our long-term success and what we’re “born to do.” It sounds great in theory, but the author pads the work with superstitions, fake facts, and proselytizing.

In just thirty minutes of this audiobook, the author claimed that:
- Hitler would not have gone after the Jews if he didn’t face resistance with his art career
- Terminal and non-terminal cancer patients go into remission when they stop procrastinating on their goals
- Diseases such as ADHD, social anxiety disorder, and seasonal depression disorder are fake illnesses created by drug companies to make more money (yes, he really said that)
- If everyone overcame resistance (which is what he calls procrastination), world hunger and poverty would magically disappear, and we wouldn’t need doctors anymore.

Again, I only listened to thirty minutes, and this book ruined my entire day. Please save yourself the 1 audible credit. Don’t repeat my mistakes.

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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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  • david
  • 04-25-20

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Enjoyed the first two chapters until he started rambling about magical angels and nonsense about god

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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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  • 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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  • Navid
  • 05-23-20

Unbearable metaphors.

Insinuating Adolf Hitler started WW2 because he resisted becoming a painter, and the outrageous sentence “is it any coincidence the 9/11 hijackers frequented strip clubs?” F***ing what?

And the way Steven Pressfield writes about mental health like it could be shaken off. This is all so terribly tone deaf.

I’d love to stick it out past the half way mark, but all these terrible metaphors, and insinuations make it very hard to take it seriously.

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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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  • 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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  • Sophie
  • 11-03-20

Great ideas, but should have a religious warning

As some one who believe god is as real as the tooth fairy, I found that the half hour or so of religious talk unnecessary and useless. I completely zoned out for those parts and found it difficult to focus on the other bits.

That said the other ideas in the book are excellent.

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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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  • Nymirra Bladestar
  • 03-20-21

Okay start, rapidly descends into nonsense.

What starts out as a fine peptalk in the first few chapters unfortunately descends quickly into what I suppose I could cruelly summarize as half religious, half psychobabble rambling. It attempts to make creative pursuits out to be magical and mystic. I profoundly disagree with that kind of assertion.

This isn't a book without value, and the delivery is fine, although the backing music is at times distracting, at times a little too openly attempting to manipulate your state of mind. The actual content, as said, falls off in value.

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  • Charlie
  • 09-25-20

Stupid background music sound effects

It has all the stupid budget cinematic music that makes it impossible to listen to. I liked the War of Art, but can't listen to this as an audiobook. Awful!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Marie Drum
  • 08-13-19

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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  • 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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  • Tina
  • 06-15-21

negative

gave no insight into how a person can change. Rather negative and gives no hope.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-21

Excellent read 👌

I'm all honesty I didn't agree with absolutely everything but it was great, very enlightening

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  • James
  • 03-13-21

Remarkable Little Book

This will likely be a staple of my reading for the rest of my life.