the WAR of ART

the WAR of ART (New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing, 2002)

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

Early in the War of Art, author Steven Pressfield, offers up the three preceding sentences. They are meant to help us begin unraveling the mystery, which he calls the Resistance, that holds us back from being amazing.

At first glance, you might take this to be a book written just for writers, painters, or other “creatives”. You might be saying, “I’m an engineer. This isn’t for me.”

But please don’t be fooled, this book is for all of us because the Resistance knows no boundaries. It’s out to stop us from “doing our work”, whatever our work might be.

I own lots of books, but very few get used as much as this one. Sometimes, when I feel the Resistance winning the battle, again, I’ll return to it’s pages for a dose of Pressfield’s reality.

Here are a couple more gems from p.40,

Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do.

The professional tackles the project that will make him stretch. He takes on the assignment that will bear him into uncharted waters, compel him to explore unconscious parts of himself.




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