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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 21, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004XJFESM
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This book had a profound impact on the me. I feel like my past failures were explained. I feel like my past successes were explained. I feel like, for the first time, I truly understand why I quit nearly everything I start and why I can feel invincible in my endeavors one day and completely defeated the next - and I feel equipped to do it differently now.
It is going to sound fake but it isn't -
since reading this book:
I have stuck to my diet
I have taken on some major clients/projects at work
I have watched a LOT less TV and have determined to do what it takes to get my work done for the day
I have been able to defeat the dragon more consistently than ever before.
I am SO glad I read this book. SO glad. This book ranks up with a handful of books that I have read in my life as LIFECHANGERS. This one has been a catalyst for me. You may not have the same experience - but I honestly want to tell everyone I know - Read this book. And then read it again. I am going to have my 17yo read this book over the summer even thought it has some profanity which I am not thrilled with. If it didn't have it - I would have my 11 year old read it as well. Instead, I will just teach him the concepts within the book. They are going to help me in my business this summer and I want them to learn these principles and to master the ability to DO THE WORK.
Resistance is not just an annoying feeling at the pit of our stomachs. Apparently, it is so much more. It is the internal demon that is dead set on destroying our creative powers, eradicating our motives of self-expression, and scaring the living daylights out of us every time we set out to do something authentic and inspired. Just great, right?! Resistance is the antagonist in this brilliant, captivating book by Steven Pressfield, and we - our souls, our yearning souls, our poor hungry souls - are the protagonist.
How do we win this battle? Because make no mistake about it, as Steven tells us so bluntly, this is a war, and the universe is not indifferent to our will, it is antagonistic, it is evil, it is a repelling force, it is negative, it is here to distract us, shove us away, do us harm, make us suffer and use with the most brilliant schemes to get the job done. You are at the mercy of this evil force unless you have a plan, and allies, and a battle strategy.
This is the book that arms you with all of that and more so read it. Read it if you ever plan to do something that is outside the norm of your daily life. Read it if you want to write a book, start a business, leave a good job, make a big change in your life and generally do anything that is outside your comfort zone and outside the conventional way of living and existing. Read it because Resistance's ears perk up when it sees you step outside the ordinary path to reach for higher rewards. Resistance wakes up from its slumber and comes to haunt you and your creative efforts.
And if you are not careful, you will just give in. You will stop your painting, your book, your business, your dream, because Resistance will convince you to give it up.
The gravest mistake we can make on this journey is to take Resistance lightly and to think that we have mastered it when you are just beginning to understand its force. The force of resistance gets stronger as you approach the finish line. It is at its worst a few minutes before you reach the summit, before you type the last chapter, before you ship that product or offer that service. Resistance works closely with shame, guilt, humiliation, failure, and its best friend, FEAR.
Resistance has no mercy on your soul and no care for your happiness, and it's not personal either. Resistance goes after everyone who chooses to do something creative and extraordinary with his or her life. If that is you, then you need to learn how to deal with this monster, or else, resign yourself to living in the shadow of the beast forever. But you don't want that, and neither do I so read this masterpiece of a genius - which is very short by the way, it will take you maybe 1 hour to read it - and you will outsmart Resistance for the rest of your days.
As far as the writing, I am not crazy about non-fiction books. Pressfield's writing voice speaks to me. I love his desperate plea for waking up and paying attention. I love how he identified this monster and didn't mince words. I love how passionate he gets, how obsessed he becomes with defeating the monster, and how simply and freely he writes on the topic. I do like the right-adjusted large font text interweaved with the regular text. I must have highlighted the entire book and do plan on reading it again, and recommending it all my clients and customers.
You know, I wish someone had recommended this to me when I was struggling with leaving my lousy corporate job, or when I wanted to dig deeper into my yoga journey and heard how futile it was to do so at such an "old age" (30 something!). And one thing is clear to me now: I will make a conscious effort to battle Resistance every time I start my heart-centered projects and endeavors, and frankly, you should too! :)
I found this work to be an excellent companion to the other two nonfiction works I referenced above. This book is really well done as a stand alone work for the struggling artist, writer, entrepreneur, etc. I think when it stands against "The War of Art," it pales somewhat, but it is definitely worth reading. I suppose the pale comes from the slightly repetitive use of some of Pressfield's personal stories that I've read in his other works. That being said, Pressfield becoming a published novelist after he turned 50 should be inspiration to all writers who seek publication regardless of their current age.
One of my favorite parts of this book (other than some of the personal stories Pressfield shares) is at one point, Pressfield lays out a very simple way to write a novel and then translates that into the way you can approach other projects. I'm not going to say that its the method everyone should follow, but I will say it really demystifies the process.
Whether you've read Pressfield's other works or not, this is worthy of adding to the collection for its many insights and tidbits into the mind and experience of one who has gone before and succeeded on many levels.