“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
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.
A go-to book if you want to get things done. It is worth reading more than once.
The biggest obstacle to achieving a breakthrough in our professional career is self-sabotage. Self-sabotaging comes in the form of perpetual procrastination, self-doubt, fear, victimhood, criticism, drugs, sex, etc. or what Steven Pressfield described as Resistance throughout his book.
Resistance is not something that happened to certain people; it happens to EVERYONE!
I have read the War of Art the third time now and have jotted down some of the most staggering and powerful quotes in the book so you can learn some crucial life lessons concisely in the least amount of time.
But if you are serious about getting things done, I highly recommend that you invest in The War of Art so you can refer to the wisdom of Steven Pressfield whenever you are facing with your inner demon – which you will as long as you are living and wanting to do work that impacts the world.
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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
8 Quotes About What Resistance Is in The War of Art#thewarofart "The more important a call or action is to our soul's evolution, the more resistance we will feel toward pursuing it." ~ Steven Pressfield Click To Tweet
20 Quotes About the SYMPTOMS of Resistance in The War of Art#theartofwar "The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death." ~ Steven Pressfield Click To Tweet #thewarofart "Rationalization is Resistance's right-hand man. Its job is to keep us from feeling the shame we would feel if we truly faced what cowards we are for not doing our work." ~ Steven Pressfield Click To Tweet
45 Quotes About Combating Resistance in The War of Art
“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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20 Beyond Resistance Quotes in The War of Art#thewarofart "Nobody knew I was done. Nobody cared. But I know. I felt like a dragon I'd been fighting all my life had just dropped dead at my feet and gasped out its last sulfuric breath." ~ Steven Pressfield Click To Tweet
“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.
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