Every artist and professional athlete is in a battle against Resistance whether we know it or not. If you want to be a pro, it is imperative that you know the nature of Resistance (aka Procrastination) so you can counter against it.
Thinking about having a breakthrough in your creative career? The War of Art by Steven Pressfield is an essential read!
This book is a quick read – only about 165 pages long – so you don’t have to worry about ‘getting lost in the pages.’ Every chapter goes straight to the point without beating around the bushes.
Though it is a quick read, The War of Art will make you think more about your creative career than you have in your decade long in school.
It brings some much needed tough love to those who seek to do actual work rather than merely thinking about doing the work.
The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”Steven Pressfield author of The War of Art
A go-to book if you want to get things done.
Below are some of the most staggering and powerful quotes found in the book so you can beat procrastination by fighting your inner demon.
The War of Art Quotes (Summary)
Hitler wanted to be an artist. He applied to the academy of Fine Arts and later to school of Architecture. Ever see one of his paintings? Neither have I. Resistance beat him. Call it an overstatement but I’ll say it anyway… It was easier for Hitler to start World War II than it was for him to face a blank square of canvas.Steven Pressfield author of The War of Art
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So you are taking a few blows. That’s the price for being in the arena and not on the sidelines. Stop complaining and be grateful.”Tony Keppelman to Author
“The professional dedicates himself to mastering technique not because he believes technique is a substitute for inspiration but because he wants to be in possession of the full arsenal of skills when inspiration does come.”Steven Pressfield
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“You’re supposed to learn that things that you think are nothing, as weightless as air, are actually powerful substantial forces, as real and as solid as earth.”Steven Pressfield
“Given the depraved state of American culture, a slick dude can make millions being a hack. But even if you succeed, you lose, because you’ve sold out your muse, and your muse is you, the best part of yourself, where your finest and only true work comes from.”Steven Pressfield
Resistance happens to everyone; it is not out to get you personally.
Are you an entrepreneur who doesn’t start a venture, a writer who doesn’t write or a painter who doesn’t paint? Then you are no stranger to Resistance.
The hardest part of being a writer is not writing per se but sitting down to write.
That’s why The Art of War is a must-read if you want to be a professional.
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