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The War of Art by [Pressfield, Steven]
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Think of The War of Art as tough love... for yourself.

Since 2002, The War of Art has inspired people around the world to defeat "Resistance"; to recognize and knock down dream-blocking barriers and to silence the naysayers within us.Resistance kicks everyone's butt, and the desire to defeat it is equally as universal. The War of Art 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.Though it was written for writers, it has been embraced by business entrepreneurs, actors, dancers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, military service members and thousands of others around the world.

"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 win, so can you." - From the foreword by Robert McKee, screenwriting guru"

[The War of Art] aims to help readers channel creative energy, unlock potential and overcome the fears that stop us from reaching our fullest potential. With courage, following the right formula and working hard, the book proposes that passion can be turned into purpose." - Ellen Degeneres book pick

"Resistance is the voice in the back of our head telling us to back off, be careful, go slow, compromise. . . . [Steve Pressfield is] the godfather of the resistance, the five-star general in the war against fear." - Seth Godin

"A vital gem . . . a kick in the ass." - Esquire

"I've never read a self help book that wasn't fatuous, obvious and unhelpful. Until The War of Art. It's amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation. If I ever teach a writing course this would be one of the first books I'd assign, along with the letters of Flannery O'Connor." - Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls

"Yes, The War of Art is hell. But Steven Pressfield is our Clausewitz who shows how you too can battle against The Four Horsemen of The Apologetic: sloth, inertia, rationalization and procrastination. Shakespeare, Rembrandt and Beethoven all are proof of what you can do with talent and General Pressfield." - Frank Deford, author and NPR commentator

"A marvelous help for anybody who has ever encountered the resistance of a blank page, an empty canvas or an unyielding musical scale."
- Stan Berenstein, co-creator of The Berenstein Bears

Steven Pressfield is the author of the novels The Legend of Bagger Vance (made into the movie starring Matt Damon and Will Smith), Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, and The Profession. His nonfiction includes The War of Art, The Warrior Ethos, and the upcoming Turning Pro. His books are included in the curriculum at West Point and the Naval Academy, and are on the Commandant's Reading List for the Marine Corps.

In 2012, Pressfield will launch his independent publishing company, BLACK IRISH BOOKS with his longtime editor, agent, publisher, and friend, Shawn Coyne.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1060 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Black Irish Entertainment LLC (11 November 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A4SDCG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Filled with so much wisdom and great advice. I highly recommend this wonderful book. I know I will be coming back to it again and again as I pursue my artist's journey.
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This book was a great reminder for me to look at where I am in resistance to my higher Self. I also know now to do what I am doing for no other reason than I must.
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My summary: This book is about becoming who you are meant to be and doing what you are meant to do. It’s divided into three parts. The first part looks at Resistance: the thing that stops us from doing what we’re meant to do and can be summed up by one word, fear. The second part looks at how to combat Resistance: by Turning Pro and doing our work. The third part looks at the Muse: the opposite of Resistance.
It was a quick and easy read that was packed full of great advice and insights that have helped me in my writing journey. Pressfield doesn’t mess about; he can be blunt and straightforward, giving me the slap I needed to get to work.

What I got out of it as a writer: So much! The biggest thing: to just do the work of sitting down and writing.
Some other things: to not fear failure and to fail, because it means you’ve done something; to give the work my best, and then let it go, knowing my job is to work but I’m not my work; to not worry about how people will respond to my work, because as long as I know I gave it my best, I’ll always be okay with it; to write because it’s in me to write and that’s all I have to do. It gives me courage to write, to do the work of giving it my best, and to let my writing be seen.
It’s entirely valuable to me, a must-read, but not necessarily one I enjoyed reading. I looked forward to reading it for the practical tips I could get out of it but not to get lost in the writing.

What I got out of it for life: I know now that my only job is to write. That is my work.
I don’t have to worry about succeeding or failing as a writer. I don’t have to worry about people loving or hating my writing. I don’t have to worry about getting my worth, identity, or wellbeing from what people say about my writing.
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There is a writer named Steven Pressfield - well, yes, that's true. What he is hiding though is a deep skill - a superpower, if you like. He is a wise counsel, a deep thinker, a reflective soul, a philosopher.
Read his books they will change you in the very best of ways - oh, and they will make you see your craft of writing in proper grown-up ways. If you are a writer you will discover the writer that you can be. You will discover you.
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Loved it! Just what I needed to 100% commit to my art. It was the kick I needed to start painting when I felt it seemed to hard and there were just too many reasons not to. A very clever psychological book to explain the pitfalls which can present themselves to an artist in a world where art is generally not valued as much as financial, sporting or business success.
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Having heard about this book from the likes of Robert Kyosaki and Tim Ferriss I was drawn to read it. It is very spiritual which often puts me off but Pressfield addresses this by advising that to believe in something is to exist. Highly recommended for people looking for confirmation of their purpose in life.
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By Rachel on 7 December 2015
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This is a fantastic book. So direct and straight forward. I'm not a writing or an artist but I am and we all are creators and this book speaks to the creator. If you struggle with procrastination or you're unsure why you are not living upto your truest potential then read this book.
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By L P on 22 October 2016
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Awesome novel, it gave me a different outlook on the creative process as a whole. Part 1 and part 2 were good bites of information to start things off, but by part 3 I was putting the book down in intervals so I could internalise the amazing concepts being shared.
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