“The War of Art”

By Steven Pressfield.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


Almost all of us have great ambitions: it can be becoming a bestselling author, launching a successful start-up or becoming a great fine artist. But real life often punches us in the face with many blocks while we are trying to reach our goals: procrastination, fear, doubts and many many distractions!

“The War of Art” is basically a practical guide for succeeding in any creative field. 

Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy in “Resistance”, an invisible force inside of us that makes us avoid sitting down to start working on our stuff, and gives us a guideline plan to achieve success, despite the many difficulties. He teaches us how to reach the highest level of discipline, even in a creative mind.

How can we overcome these blocks and become productive and disciplined? This capacity is what mostly highlights professionals through many amateurs. 

This book’s advice can sound difficult but it’s probably what you needed to hear. 

After you finish reading it, you’ll be able to fight back against Resistance; to work at your full potential, being disciplined and productive like never before. 

The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.” 

Steven Pressfield

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Steven Pressfield was born in Spain in September 1943. After he graduated in 1965, he joined the Marine Corps, and before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a copywriter, taxi driver, bartender, tractor-trailer driver, fruit picker, and worked on oil rigs.

In 2000, his debut novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was made into a movie starring Matt Damon and Will Smith. He primarily writes military historical fiction set in classical antiquity. Most of his novels are told from the first-person perspective of the main character.

“As I closed “The War of Art” I felt a surge of positive calm. I now know I can win this war. And If I can, so can you.”

Robert McKee

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