- Paperback: 165 pages
- Publisher: Lightning Source Inc (11 January 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936891026
- ISBN-13: 978-1936891023
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles Paperback – 11 Jan 2012
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STEVEN PRESSFIELD is the author of Do the Work, The Warrior Ethos and the international bestselling novels, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, The Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, and The Profession. He lives in Los Angeles.
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And you feel that HIGH once a book is finished, eager and enthusiastic to apply all the knowledge you've gained and to see some results.
And the days go by... you slowly realize you're actually going nowhere, atleast not as much as you desire and expected.
You know what to do, you know how to do, but you won't seem to be able to apply the knowledge in realtime. And it sucks, i know that feeling.
And you slowly fall into the vicious circle.
You slowly take some other book that you hope atleast will help with your problem.
You pick a book.... you'll read... feels motivated.... days go by.... you realize.... it sucks... you start again( i hope)
THIS IS WHERE "TheWARofART" is a LIFE SAVING BOOK.
When you see that you're going nowhere even after knowing what to do. You'll slowly fall into the depressing thought process that may be YOU WILL NEVER BE THAT GUY YOU WANNA BE.
In every self-help book that we read hardly anyone was able to put the problem we are facing in such a way like in WARofART, where it truly kicks in your ass and makes you aware of the RESISTANCE you're facing ever since you know your self.
if you suck at taking ACTION about anything, and feeling how to do it. Just pick up this book and read it... take the book with you, when ever you're feeling of resistance or its disguised forms, read few pages from the book.
I bet you wont be sitting there idle once you finish this true gem of a book.. but will go and do your long held unfinished, undared stuff.
This is my first review ever since i'm puchasing books/anything from amazon. I thought of writing for some.. but you see RESISTANCE is a b***h. but now I did.
It's all those simple actions that makes a difference in a long run. And WarOfArt will help you beat the RESISTANCE and take that ACTION.
All the best. :)
Firstly, it is mostly the same thing throughout the book. Resistance / Or Procrastination and its various forms.
Secondly, it is a very short book, even though I do not really base a book's worth on the amount I pay for it, I believe if there was even one thing that blew my mind, I'd think even expensive books are worth it. That one thing could be life changing. Unfortunately, this book had no such thing. Probably, it was because I've been reading a lot this year and was well aware of all things mentioned in it, that it seemed a bit too much to pay a lot of amount for it (since it's not published in India).
And thirdly, (this is a totally personal situation), I had just read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. That book blew my mind, and if someone was looking to read a book on how to manage creative blocks, I'd recommend that book instead of this one, even when it doesn't have a title that says that.
Anyway, it is a very quick read, very easy too. Just a collection of things you need to be reminded of again and again.
a still,small voice is piping up, telling you as it has 10,000
times before, the calling that is yours and yours alone, you
know it, no one has to tell you. And unless im crazy you are
no closer to taking action on it that you were yesterday or
will be tomorrow”- Steven Pressfield
“Late at night have you experienced a vision of the
person you might become,the work you could
accomplish,the realized being you were meant to be?
then you know what Resistance is” - Steven Pressfield
If the above quotes resonate with you ,then pick up this slim book…all of 140 pages and it will end up becoming life changing book in your life .If you can confront your resistance, then nothing and no one can stop you from achieving your dreams. But first start small….
What I like about this book is the way the author nails the issue that is stopping everyone from living their dreams. This book goes in detail and explains how Resistance is wreaking a havoc in your life and how you can take the reins of your life back and live your grandest, highest vision you have for yourself. It’s a slim book all of 140 pages and it is worth spending time on this book.
We all have that inner voice urging us to follow our heart and to live our dreams. As we grow up we are instilled with fear for uncertainty and somehow we are asked to make choices based on what is conventional, stable and secure. This is the phase where most of us stop believing in our dreams and finally make peace with the reality of a soul draining job and convincing ourselves with lie that only fortunate people can live their dreams.
(I was one of them)This is the book that will change all that and point out the reason we are not living our dreams is because of Resistance that is fuelled by fear.
We all dream of a work where our skills and passion lies…be it in Music,acting,direction,painter,writer,player and the only thing that stops you from achieving that dream is that negative chatter in your mind that is very clever and will go to any lengths to stop you from taking small step towards your goal. The stronger the resistance the more closer you are to your dream life.
The author himself has faced this issue every time he used to sit down to write. The only way to beat that resistance is to say to it ”im gonna do it whether I like it or not” mantra. Sometimes you just have to show up for your life work everyday by practicing your skill ..that is the secret of beating your resistance. The author points out what is important is to show up and do your work…as simple as it sounds. That is the only way one can better their craft and become the best.
Read it!! It really is life altering book to live your dreams…..
Still worth for the inherent points mentioned over here.
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