Steven Pressfield

The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield

I cannot believe I waited so long to read this great work. I have been at odds with Resistance for a long time. Every day, I have this fight with her. It runs in the family, at least I thought it did. But Steven Pressfield tells us here that genetics have nothing to do with it because everyone faces Resistance every day. I am at once relieved and encouraged. I can beat this thing. So can we all.

In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield deconstructs this evil power that plagues all creative minds alike (and everyone for that matter). It reminds us how easier it is to opt for status quo and how Resistance wants us to keep it that way. He also gives us strategies and hope to stand up for ourselves and accomplish whatever we are procrastinating from.

He says it like it is, without fancy words or detours. Yet each page reads like a poem. Fear is the root cause of Resistance. If you want to beat Resistance, you have to face and embrace your fears. And fear is good, it means you are moving in the right direction, like Arjuna on the battlefield, like Buddha in the face of Mara.