Book: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Book: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

 This is a short read. If you’re like me and a bit time (and sleep) poor at the moment, a short read is a good read. But don’t let it’s length fool you. It’s full of wonderful pearls of wisdom and butt kicking for the creative. 

Steven describes the Resistance as the power that gets in the way of us achieving the thing. That thing we dream about doing.

Offering up a list of things that spark the Resistance,  it includes writing, painting, music, art and other creative pursuits, diets, starting a business, spiritual advancements … you get the idea. The things we want to do to create something, or improve ourselves are the things that Resistance seeks to repress. 

Resistance is invisible, internal and insidious. If you let it, it will beat you down and stop you from being great or doing great. Don’t let it win. I could waffle on about how inspiring this book is. How it helps you understand the lies that Resistance tells you. So don’t listen to it, go get the book and read it. RIGHT NOW! You won’t be sorry!

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Quotes from the book

In case you’re still here, here are some of my favourite quotes from the book. 

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands the Resistance.” 

“Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.” 

“Casting yourself as the victim is the antithesis of doing your work. Don’t do it. If you’re doing it, stop.” 

“The opposite of love isn’t hate; it’s indifference.” 

“The more Resistance you experience, the more important your un-manifested art/project/enterprise is to you – and the more gratification you will feel when you finally do it.” 

“Rationalisation is Resistances spin doctor.” 

“The professional cannot let himself take humiliation personally. Humiliation, like rejection and criticism, is the external reflection of internal Resistance.” 

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.”