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Publisher's Summary

This is a summary on The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield.

A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun Tzu for the soul. What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor - be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Steven Pressfield 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. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love... for yourself. Whether an artist, writer or businessperson, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.

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What's with these summaries?

I really don't understand the purpose of these summaries. This is the second time I've wasted money on a summary of a book that I wanted to actually listen to. I know it says "Book summary" at the back there, but why would I as a customer have to be looking out for "fake" versions of the book? When I'm searching AND PAYING for something I'm excited about I should simply be assured that I'm getting the real thing. A half hour reading of a summary isn't worth anything, and it SHOULD NOT BE on the same list as the actual book, as if it even compares in any way! It's just total bullshit and in my opinion just a way of tricking people into buying shit they don't want. Really bad customer service.Just put these shitty little summaries somewhere else please.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Thoughts

While I thoroughly enjoyed this reading, when I bought this I thought it was the actual book and not the summary notes. Looking back now it's clear that it was supposed to be a summary. Can't wait to read the entire book

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not the realbook. just a summary.

this is not the realbook. just a summary. its boarderline counterfeit copy. how do they let this happen

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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THIS IS A SUMMARY

What did you like best about The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield: Book Summary? What did you like least?

Nothing wrong with it as a summary but I saw the correct cover of the book I was searching for the Audible book on and clearly didn't read closely.

Any additional comments?

While this summary and the reader's voice were just fine I really think the artwork could be edited to have Summary showing. I had no intention of purchasing the summary.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not the book! Just a cheesy summary

This is just a short summary of the book. I was robbed. Beware. This is not clear in the description. I was robbed.

Oh, and the reader has a creepy voice too.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Stepping Forward

It's a great book, brings good reflection and things that are important to do to move forward...

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Simple

I really liked the simplicity and how it was clear and straight forward. Motivated and ready to face my fears!

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nepamaciau, kad tik santrauka.

Galetu buti ryskiau pazyketa, kad cia tik santrauka. kiek jau kitur girdetos mintys, bet naudinga.

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  • John W.
  • APPLETON, WI, US
  • 07-13-18

This is not an full book!

I buy many books on the fly. I heard this was a great book and figured by the date that this was a newer version. It wasn't until I had it on my phone that I saw it was a summary. $3 for a summary? Come on! Maybe it would be better to check it out from the local library via RB Digital or Hoopla and skip the greed.

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Helpful advice

Very helpful and inspiring. Good advice from several points of view. I would recommend it to all artists.

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  • Ian Johnson
  • 02-19-16

Dissolves resistance like magic powder

With a clever play on the classic title : The Art of War , this book helps us overcome procrastination in an original and inspiring way . I bought it initially to motivate me to write; it actually helped me to lose three and a half stones at the gym. It's key advice , I feel, is to adopt a professional
attitude towards whatever you do.

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  • Mr. Luke Timms
  • 05-24-16

who is policing the length of the audio?

The book is fantastic! this brief snippet is useful but should be free!
The audio quality is fine, it's just a snippet of the book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen
  • 08-13-16

Short but sharp

It is sad the unabridged audiobook was not available, but this summary does not disappoint. Glad I purchased it.

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  • J
  • 05-05-16

a red blooded grasp your aspirations book

bold messages supported by anacdotal examples.
However, no obvious study into concepts or underlying motive knitting them together

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss Dixon
  • 09-09-18

Very quick but effective fix

I enjoyed this... It only lasts about 30 minutes and gives you bullet points, each of which you can expand upon with your own research. It's good to know all Creatives suffer the issues I face and that I'm not just a lazy loser! I'm gonna listen to it all over again right away just to make sure this sinks in!

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  • Mr. D. J. A. Bean
  • 08-10-18

a short snippet of the book

not the full book which is what I thought I was downloading ok ya ya

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  • IVAN SIKORA
  • 04-05-17

Shortern Than in Print

It is putty that the written version of the book has not been reflected in full.

This way audio book serves just as a crib sheet of the written one

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  • Matt Giles
  • 02-19-17

Nice little motivator for a short journey

Well worth a listen if you need a quick injection of confidence and motivation. Easy to listen to, but not much practical advice.

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  • MV
  • 01-16-17

OK. I have heard better

it's OK and a good short summary in 30mins. Well spoken I though but, whilst driving to work I tend to lose concentration on what he is saying. I guess it didn't capture my attention as good as my other self development audios.

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  • Paschal
  • 09-23-16

Every word counts

This short book summary will be worth a huge amount to me.

I would have purchased the unabridged versio if it was available on Audible.

It deserves focus.

I stopped it constantly and took notes.

I will use it to help me keep my goal to eat more healthy food.

I have been putting it off as I prefer eating the less healthy options.

The book explains that I am feeling resistance.

Resistance causes hesitation or procrastination or fear.

He suggests that we can crush resistance by taking action despite fear.

He says that resistance is in direct proportion to love. The opposite to resistance is indifference. We only feel resistance because we care (love).

What you put in is what you get out.

There are lots of great points + strategies in this little book summary.

For example get organised.

Just because this book summary is short doesn't mean that you can't get a lifetime of knowledge from it.

I feel better armed now to succeed in my daily battles.

The energy you put in = the energy you get out.

The narrator is good with thoughtful pauses.

The author is world class my short notes do not do the book justice.

Listen to the audio sample and you will get a good idea whether this book is for you or not.

I think it's great.

I would highly recommend that you buy it.

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  • Beth
  • 09-06-16

Too short!

It's just a summary, yet it is so full of golden wisdom and inspiration, I just wanted more! And the performance is grounded in realism, so the content is easy to digest.

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  • Lisa
  • 12-29-16

30min Essence of Resistance

The brevity & range of the targeted teaching points really nailed what I was seeking - core mindshift ideas to frame & action, something I haven't been able to achieve despite knowing what I need to do to bring projects/jobs/task to closure. I heard Steve Pressfield interviewed recently & bought this summary. Ideal for the big thinker who struggles to move forward on their passion. About to listen for 3rd time as so much more learning with each round.

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  • Leilani
  • 06-18-18

motivational and anti-procrastionation

really good, so motivating as it cuts through all the rubbish that can be in your head, the stuff that stops you from doing what your want to do, and it just makes you think 'get on with it'

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  • Kathryn De Jesus
  • 04-02-18

Very basic. Doesn’t inspire me to buy the full book.

A basic summary of some common concepts. Nothing profound to take away. I’m not inspired to read the full version.

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  • michael
  • 10-28-16

Straight forward

easily understandable and simple practices to put into play. A quick pick me up for anyone stuck in a rut

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  • Spiro
  • 12-27-15

Amazing

Exactly what I needed. So much gold in this. Just buy it now. You won't regret it.