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The War of Art

by STEVEN PRESSFIELD

SYNOPSIS

A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul.

What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do?

Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece?

Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.

The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline.

Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself.

Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.

 

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT

Resistance is the enemy of creativity. It creates fear and doubt. And every artist must go to war with Resistance every day. It’s part of the deal.

In many ways, The War of Art is a manifesto. In others, a self-help book. But mostly it’s the kick in the ass every artist needs to understand that he or she isn’t alone in the struggle of pursuing what they love. We all face Resistance. It comes in many different forms. The true message is that the doubt and the fear and the feelings of inadequacy and that damnable Imposter Syndrome we all face is just that — something we all face.

If you’re looking for a source to make sense of all the internal things that are keeping you from doing your best work — or even from getting started — then The War of Art is for you. A must read for every creative person.