I love how succinctly this book describes what so many creatives struggle to understand and transcend (and many never do). This book cuts to the chase and does so with style, grace and depth. Steven's explanation of the connection between art and addiction is on point and brought me a greater sense of understanding and compassion for some of the addicts in my life who have so much talent, yet are stuck in self-destructive loops.
It has helped inspire me to show up for my purpose more consistently and embrace the long term game of being a creative for life.
I highly recommend this book to entrepreneurs, changemakers, truthseekers, artists and visionaries out there who battle with self-doubt and feel at times like throwing in the towel on their dreams. If you let it sink in and apply the practice, it will help you!
It may be my short attention span, but having short chapters that make a point without labouring it are a dream to me. Pressfield makes the points that all creatives need to hear and also those aspiring to fulfill their creative potential as Pros. Pursuing art as a pro is a lonely journey. It has to be in order to do your work and overcome your internal barriers. Nobody else can do it for you. This book like the War of Art is a must read for those wanting to make that leap.
This is not a "how-to" book with an actionable plan or tips, it is a quiet meditation on that point when you need to decide to take yourself and your dreams more seriously and really begin to take the risks and the off-road path toward dedicating yourself to at least give those dreams a chance to take root. The author has a bohemian, beatnik-influenced style and attitude toward life that any Kerouac fan will enjoy, and his humility in his early failed efforts is very touching. It is a short but inspiring little book that will help motivate a dreamer to become a doer. I liked it more by the end than I thought I would while reading it, and am keen to read what other people say is his better work with the same inspiring message but in more detail, 'The War of Art'.