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The War of Art

Written by: Steven Pressfield
Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Think of The War of Art as tough love...for yourself.

Since 2002, The War of Art has inspired people around the world to defeat "resistance"; to recognize and knock down dream-blocking barriers and to silence the naysayers within us. Resistance kicks everyone's butt, and the desire to defeat it is equally as universal. The War of Art 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. 

Though it was written for writers, it has been embraced by business entrepreneurs, actors, dancers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, military service members, and thousands of others around the world.

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I couldn't get more than 20 minutes into it

Beware, it's a musical one! I couldn't get more than 20 minutes into it. It made me feel like I was meant to be in the middle of the desert meditating listening to a coach.

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Basic but a unique perspective

A unique perspective of motivation for a creative. Overall good information. The additon of music was distracting and annoying. Reading was a bit robotic but overall worth the listen.

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  • AndyVen19
  • 2019-05-19

Show up!

It’s a book that everyone must read. Especially if you are an artist or an entrepreneur.
Presented in a very impactful manner.

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  • Simon Lee
  • Grand Junction, CO USA
  • 2019-06-22

War Against Common Sense?

I tried reading the physical version of this book, but it read like a series of bullet points listed beneath a guiding topic. Listening to this book made it much easier.

But the stuff Pressfield says is really difficult to endorse. It starts off all right. Fight back against resistance. I agree. Resistance stops us from accomplishing so much. However, when he begins explaining how ADHD or anxiety disorders are not REAL--but instead the result of resistance and procrastination--I felt a bit uneasy. He cites no sources. He has no validation for these claims, but he presents them as facts which is extremely irresponsible. When he starts saying that cancer is cured by people who produce art...yeah, I checked out.

I gave the performance three stars. Pressfield reads this in an angry-ish and judgmental tone, and I think that's right in line with the tone of the text.

I'd say save yourself the time and money. You already know that procrastination hurts. Write your own list of motivational bullet points. Hey, maybe you can publish them someday.

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  • Matthew
  • 2019-08-14

Screw you

I get what he's trying to say but to totally dismiss mental illness as a marketing ploy is bull**** seriously the author can go #$_* himself

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  • Brettfoster
  • Wellington, New zealand
  • 2019-07-22

Fluff

I have heard so many glowing reviews of this book from some people whose voice I value so I decided to give it a read/listen. I have to say Im totally let down! Very little content and what "content" there is is purely the authors strange opinion. I can sum this book up entirely so you don't have to buy it: 1/ You are born to do one thing with your life. The more scared of the thing you are meant to do the more likely that it is your ""one thing". This is because if you are not scared of it enough you don't care about it enough?@! 2/ If you want to be a pro at this one thing you must be a "pro" ie: you must grind at it every day as it is your everything (this is about the only bit I think he has mostly right). 3/ Angels are muses and angels are real!?!?! wtaf! I want a refund.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-21

Love this book!

A smooth read and entertaining one. Good way to know your true enemy. Definitely worth reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-23

Lots of truth in an hour and a half!

The first few tracks are the best ones. In the middle it was eh-ok. The ending was great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-15

must read!

are you a painter that doesn't paint?
a writer who doesn't write?
this is your book.

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  • DesertBusinessReview
  • tempe, az United States
  • 2019-04-19

The concept of work vs. resistance is pure gold

The concept of work vs. resistance is pure gold. From a business perspective (creative production and delivery) it makes this book a must-read for any entrepreneur.

The exploration of the "muses" might appeal to purely artistic and creative types. Maybe not so much for a business person.

The author's passionate audible delivery made the listening truly enjoyable from start to finish.

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  • Chris
  • 2019-08-16

Absolutely Inspired!

A life changing book. One I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone on any endeavour. A book I will buy and gift dozens of copies before I die. Thank you Steven Pressfield.

This one’s for the Gods!



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  • Alejandra R.
  • 2019-08-15

Best book for creatives I've read to date!

Best book for creatives I've read to date - Any type of creative. Highly recommend it. With the 2 questions near the end, I was finally able to get clarity on some things that have been bugging me for years now, and make a decision. Thank you, Steven Pressfield, for sharing your wisdom!