The War of Art by Steven Pressfield- Amazon
Entertainment Value: 7/10
Life Value: 10/10
Read: If you've ever procrastinated about anything, doubted your life's purpose or are starting a project that requires discipline.
Don't Read: You've excepted your fate and place in the world and are content with no time and place in your life for improvement.
This is a book I read every time I need a kick in the ass. Steven Pressfield does a masterful job of calling out the one single thing that keeps us from accomplishing the goals we set out for ourselves and a way to fight it. He calls that force "resistance."
It's difficult to write a review that does the importance if this book justice, but in the quick read that is "The War of Art," you can expect an easy-to-comprehend description of the forms of resistance and a gameplan to overcome the dreadful force by "turning pro" and ultimately destroying the obstacles that get in the way of our dreams.
The pages are filled with quotes that are impossible to forget. A true gem I'd highly recommend if you have ever procrastinated about anything, doubted your life's purpose or are starting a project that requires discipline.
“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
“Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”
“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”
“The opposite of love isn't hate; it's indifference”
“Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul's evolution, the Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.”
“It’s better to be in the arena, getting stomped by the bull, than to be up in the stands or out in the parking lot.”