The War of Art by Steven Pressfield is a guidebook that provides insight on how men overcome the obstacles that prevent us from achieving our goals: work goals, relationship goals, health goals, and creative goals.
Maybe you dream of being a published author, musician, artist, or actor? Are you working on a project that is currently blocked? If so, this may be the perfect book for you!
About the Author
Steven Pressfield wrote the book The War of Art to describe his struggles as an author and specifically about being a writer without any income.
Pressfield says he was once homeless, living out of the car with nothing but some clothes on his back; yet now he’s successful because people can’t stop reading what he produces!
Let’s discuss this famous book.
Why You Should Read this Book
We all face obstacles in our way, but for some, these challenges can be more difficult than others.
One such challenge is Resistance– the central theme of this book which Pressfield defines as being both within us and outside forces trying to stop what you want from happening.“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle
The War of Art is a book that every artist should read, regardless of whether they are vomiting up their soul on canvas or building worlds from scratch.
It is a personal and straightforward guide to overcoming obstacles in your life. This book will help you reach the highest level of creative discipline, no matter what profession you might be pursuing.
“Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be but to find out who we already are and become it,” Pressfield said in his book.
It provides the tools and wisdom necessary for anyone who has ever felt held back by something in life.
Here is a book summary video of The War of Art that you can watch:
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The War of Art is a powerful book that can help you understand the creative process. It is not an easy read, but it is worth your time.
If you are struggling with creativity, or feel like you are in a rut, this book can help you get back on track.
You could also check out Men’s Group, an online community of men who are facing similar challenges in their lives that they want advice or support with!