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The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles Paperback – January 11, 2012
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About the Author
STEVEN PRESSFIELD is the author of Turning Pro, Do the Work, The Warrior Ethos and the international bestselling novels, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, The Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, and The Profession. He lives in Los Angeles.
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But even worse than the white space padding is the lack of substance. The author's main point, which he spends 165 pages to repeat over and over, is one's greatest obstacle to achievement is resistance and procrastination. Not exactly breaking news there. The author fails to provide any remedy other than to just jump in there and get to work to overcome the resistance. Not a new formula there either.
The book fails to live up to the hype of its title, "Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles." After reading the book I feel no closer to breaking through any battles.
Ironically, two "super heroes" of breaking through the author cited in the book, Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong, are certainly no heroes. While lauded for his cycling championships in the book, Armstrong cheated to win those championships, which were later taken from him. Tiger Woods, an unfaithful husband and cheat, fell from grace after his infidelities were discovered. If I was writing a self-help book, I certainly would not use these two men as examples.
The book is a quick read, but it is one that you will have to read again and again to grasp thoughtfully. In other words, each point the author brings up needs to be applied to you personally and then pondered for a while to see how much sense Pressfield is really making.
This book will introduce you to the almost/arguably metaphysical force of Resistance. Then remind you of the ancient concepts of the Muses. Are they real or imagined? Does it matter? A force akin to them exists. But how do you tap into it? It's not magic. It's not even fun. It involves resolve, hard work, and trust.
I'd say the most frustrating aspect of this book is how much it reveals about oneself that one may not like to accept. How much Resistance has overcome one, caused one to stray from one's dreams, and inserted a vapid alternate lifestyle in place of one's true calling.
This book has a no nonsense approach. It is not wordy or self-congratulatory, like so many other "self-help" tomes. It gets down to business and asks you to put up or shut up. Pressfield points out the facts and basically says, "What are you going to do about this? It is screwing over your life!"
The chapters are tiny, yet full of poignant messages and examples. Very interesting topics and admonitions abound in this little text. You will want to reread them and think on your own lifestyle in the light of their messages.
Pretty cool, profound little book. Highly recommended. But do not expect to feel total joy after reading it. Your true self is gonna need work.
Thank God, I found this book in my self yesterday. Sabaa Tahir author of AN AMBER IN THE ASHES had mentioned this book in one of her interviews. I bought it, but didn't read it till yesterday.
And today, I am done with the book, little better, little wiser version of myself that the person who had started reading this book yesterday.
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I’m on my second read through. You can read it in one sitting if you want, or over the course of a few days.Read more
The book is broken into three main sections. It's a very easy book to read - the theme is that we are great procrastinators.Read more