- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Revised, Expanded edition (April 22, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780449903377
- ISBN-13: 978-0449903377
- ASIN: 0449903370
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 110 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life Paperback – April 22, 1989
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Using as analogy the scientific principle that energy follows the path of least resistance, the founder of the DMA seminars attempts an easily assimilated self-help book--a substantial revision of his 1984 best seller. He argues that just as wind moves around natural obstructions, seeking the path of least resistance, so do we attempt to move around the structures of our lives--getting by with as few hassles as possible. Fritz's advice is to modify the structures, enabling the creative energy within to flourish instead of dissipate. Initially, his focus is clear; but numerous citings of well-known psychologists and famous movers and shakers (Einstein, Henry Moore, etc.) grow tiresome as Fritz drones on, losing us in excess verbiage. Some valuable sections, but most will find this tedious. Not recommended.
- Kevin M. Roddy, Oakland P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I first became acquainted with this excellent book just about 10 years ago and its fresh approach to catalyzing creativity in step-by-step processes is still helpful and insightful. Fritz's psychological approach to his subject is particularly interesting and helpful in the way he quantifies and makes concrete the different "technologies for creating" he explains.
Executive Editor & Divisional Vice President
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In reading it, I had the feeling I already knew much of what he said, but the clarity and directness with which he explains his principles was *huge* in helping me understand my own process for creating - and further than that, what has happened (i.e., gone awry!) in my business and my life.
If you've ever had ideas and desires that you haven't quite been able to bring to fruition, read this book; it will almost certainly help clarify what's been going on and what you might need to do differently.
However, it's important to note that although Fritz's book is subtitled "learning to become the creative force in your own life," this isn't quite accurate. This book is a wonderful introduction to Fritz's work - which has spanned decades and is a mature process - but it's not a how-to by any means.
For that, you'll want to read his third book, "Your Life as Art."
Over the years I must have loaned my copy of his book to someone, and it never came back.
Wanted it have it back in my collection, so ordered it from Amazon.
I understood this was a used book, so wasn't expecting a shiny, pristine copy.
It was great to get back to his ideas again.
Whereas our typical "problem-solver" process (the one we're taught from childhood & that follows us into the work world)… this reactive process is focusing on what we don't want… thus we end up creating more of that... problems are forever finding us and we become eager to solve them… again & again…
The creative process is more in alignment with the Law of Attraction teachings and a supportive way of thinking and viewing the world.
Fritz does not disappoint. He explains, with great clarity, why we experience life as a series of "one step forward, one or two steps back," what's wrong with the way we view life that makes that happen, and steps to creating a new way of living your life. It's all deceptively simple, but often the simplest ideas are the most profound.
The book suffers from a writing style that's dry as dirt. It sometimes interfered with my ability to really grasp the material. That said, it's also very easy to understand and avoids the goofy jargon of most self-help or "transformational" books.
Overall, it's a really valuable book for anyone who would like to learn how to "create" your life, as opposed to suffering through it.
...I wonder if this will make sense to anyone.
On this subject I recently read a book which I think gives a very clear approach on how to find an answer to this big question.
This book first describes the fundamentals on creativity and how they affect your everyday live. A lot of different definitions go around, and allmost everybody seems to have their own interpretation on what creativity actually is.
Robert Frits provides a very clear and distinctive definition on what creativity is, and what it is not.
After that he comes up with the `tension seeks resolution' model which explains why it is so difficult to `stick to the plan' when you want to change something in your life. Most of the time you are trying to actively chang your every day behaviour, after some time a lot of people seem to fall back to their old behaviour.
This model is then used as a basis for the `creative process' that can be used for making lasting changes to your life in a way that it makes you feel happy and energetic.
The book is very well written and has a good information density. While reading this book you will experience a lot of aha-moments, and the urge to try to do what he actually writes.
After reading the book I felt a lot of positive energy to boldly go where I have never gone before...