The war of art is one of the most inspirational books for artists. You could be an artist (we all are artists) of any field. This book is a must-read.
Steven Pressfield is a renowned author. This small book can change your life. It will inspire you to keep pursuing your dream. It will save you from abandoning your dream. All your reasons and justifications to give up will be challenged and set aside.
All “quotes” are from the book.
“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance. “
The book inspires us to start living unlived life, the life we all want to live.
“Resistance defeats us. If tomorrow morning by some stroke of magic every dazed and brightened soul woke up with the power to take the first step towards pursuing his or her dreams, every shrink in the directory would be out of business. Prisons would stand empty. The alcohol and tobacco industries would collapse, along with junk food, cosmetic surgery, infotainment businesses not to mention pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, the medical profession from top to bottom…..would become extinct.”
“Hitler wanted to become an artist. Resistance beat him. It was easier for Hitler to start World War II than it was for him to face a blank square of canvas.”
His consistent attack to Resistance in the book will kill any Resistance in you to do what you really want to do in life. Our resistance to living our life the way we want is so solidly ingrained in us that the author writes, “ We don’t just put off our lives today; we put them off till our death bed.”
This book is to make us professional from being an amateur. We need to overcome resistance to become professional. This overcoming is challenging.
The author quotes Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.”
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If we start there is a nature ready to help us, but the author writes,” We are too distracted by our own nonsense.”
The problem of resistance and delaying in living a life we want to live is our notion that we are going to live forever. “The moment a person learns he’s got terminal cancer, a profound shift takes place in his psyche. At one stroke in the doctor’s office, he becomes aware of what really matters to him.”
This is one of those powerful books which have the potential to awaken your instinct and change your life. You will move from an Auto mode of life to an Awakened and Enlightened mode.
Praise for the book:
“Resistance is the voice in the back of our head telling us to back off, be careful, go slow, compromise. . . . [Steve Pressfield is] the godfather of the resistance, the five-star general in the war against fear.” – Seth Godin
“As I closed The War of Art, I felt a surge of positive calm. I now know I can win this war. And if I can win, so can you.” – From the foreword by Robert McKee, screenwriting guru”
If you can read one book in the remaining part of the year, read this one. Your life ahead would be amazingly different.