The Weekend Read – The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

9781936891023I have recently read this book for the third time in 12 years. It was a gift from my coach just after I completed the sale of my practice in 2005. Presumably he identified my proclivity for procrastination which has frequently led me away from the right direction, if not always entirely in the wrong one.

The forward by Robert McKee starts, “Steven Pressfield wrote The War of Art for Me. He undoubtedly wrote it for you too, but I know he did it expressly for me because I hold Olympic records for procrastination. I can procrastinate thinking about my procrastination problem. I can procrastinate dealing with my problem of procrastination thinking about my procrastination problem.” All I can say Robert is you’re probably right and it was such a relief to realise that I am not alone.

This is a book in three parts. Book One is about the enemy of creativity which he names Resistance, Book Two is “Turning Pro” and it’s all about Combating Resistance and the author identifies the characteristics, traits and habits that make one “A Pro”.

Finally Book Three is “Beyond Resistance” – The Higher Realm and he considers Inspiration.

I realise that this all sounds well and good, with lofty ideals and ideas, but in reality this book will help, encourage and inspire you to identify the reasons for your lack of accomplishment and with practical ideas get you going again. Time after time after time.

A gem.

Buy it here

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