Title: The War of Art
Author: Steven Pressfield
Publication Date: 2002
Genre: Self-help, Creativity, Psychology
Number of Pages: 190
“The War of Art” is a deep exploration of the internal struggles we face when pursuing creativity, known as ‘Resistance’. Pressfield characterizes this Resistance as the destructive force that keeps people from pursuing their passions and unleashing their creative potential.
The main points from the book include:
Understanding Resistance: Pressfield explains the concept of Resistance, a universal force that opposes creativity and change.
Overcoming Resistance: The book provides strategies to combat this force and to maintain a regular creative practice, such as turning pro and loving what you do.
Beyond Resistance: In the final part, Pressfield discusses a higher realm called ‘the Muse’, which rewards the artist who overcomes Resistance.
“The War of Art” is a powerful and inspiring book that uses clear, direct language to articulate its points. It effectively tackles the psychological barriers that inhibit creativity and provides practical strategies to overcome them.
While the book is a source of motivation, some readers might find the book’s structure repetitive or its approach overly metaphysical, particularly in the final part of the book.
Relevance to Beginning Entrepreneurs:
This book is especially when we try to conquer Resistance, whether it be in launching a business, creating a new offer, or innovating in our field. The strategies to overcome Resistance can be used to tackle any roadblocks in our entrepreneurial journey.
“The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
“Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.”
“The War of Art” is highly recommended for anybody like us. It is an illuminating guide that motivates us to conquer our fears, embrace their passions, and unlock their creative potential.