The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Have you ever dreamed to be a writer? Painter or dancer? Perhaps teacher or even politician?

Whatever your passion is, if you are NOT doing that right now, this book is for you. This was so for me. I believe he wrote for me.

Written  by the author of “The Legend of Bagger Vance” (one of my favorite movies), this book will help you overcome, what he calls, resistance.

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

Resistance stops you from becoming authentic self. (by the way, the movie “The Legend of Bagger Vance” is all about finding the authentic “swing”). Resistance will do anything and EVERYTHING to achieve his goal. I happened to know this from personal experience. I wrestle with it every day.

The important thing to remember is,

This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny.

In this book, Pressfield explains what kind of Resistance we are facing, what are their characteristics, and how we may beat them. And finally, what is waiting beyond Resistance. He shows us what it means to be professional, and what is like to meet “Muse.” He tells us all the secrets and lessons he learned over the years.

I happen to believe that we all have job to do here. It’s like one of those RPG games, where main character had NO IDEA what she is destined to do first, but through adventure she gradually finds it, and finally beats that hideous monster.

Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.

If we were born to paint, it’s our job to become a painter.

If we were born to raise and nurture children, it’s our job to become a mother.

If we were born to overthrow the order of ignorance and injustice of the world, it’s our job to realize it and get down to business.

Either you find your job and set out for adventure, or you will be living like one of those townspeople in RPG game. Having no clue what to do, they wander around small town, speaking same thing to same people, asking others to save them from monsters.


The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Steven Pressfield
Grand Central Publishing
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