Book Review: The War of Art

The War of Art: Break through the Blocks and Win your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield Ok. If you don't have this book yet... you're going to want to get it, and FAST!

If you already have this book, and haven't gotten around to reading it yet, pick it up and read it. You are in for a serious treat.

The first thing I fell in love with, was the structure in which this book is laid out. It is a super simple, and quick read. Some of the pages aren't even fully covered in words, but oh boy, are those words efficient at getting the message across. I absolutely recommend reading this if you are at all struggling with your passion(s) in life, and need the motivation to move forward and push past your resistance, and becoming a professional. Not only is this a great book for your own personal development, but it also helps you identify new ways to help others if you work in a team our group environment like I do.

MY TAKEAWAYS:

-"We can navigate by Resistance, letting it guide us to that calling or action that we must follow before all others. 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." page 12

-"Casting yourself as the victim is the antithesis of doing your work. Don't do it. If you're doing it, stop." page 28

-"Self-doubt can be an ally. This is because it serves as an indicator of aspiration. It reflects love, love of something we dream of doing, and desire, desire to do it. If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death."  page 39

-"The amateur plays for fun. The professional plays for keeps. To the amateur, the game is his avocation. To the pro it's his vocation. The amateur plays part-time, the professional full-time. The amateur is a weekend warrior. The professional is there seven days a week. The word amateur comes from the Latin root meaning "to love." The conventional interpretation is that the amateur pursues his calling out of love, while the pro does it for money. Not the way I see it. In my view, the amateur does not love the game enough. If he did, he would not pursue it as a sideline, distinct from his "real" vocation. The professional loves it so much he dedicates his life to it. He commits full-time. That's what I mean when I say turning pro. Resistance hates it when we turn pro." page 62-63

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There is so much juicy goodness in this book and like I mentioned, it is a super quick read. Soak it up and drink it in, because this book is a win! Grab yourself a copy here!