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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The War of Art

Could Your Life Be More?

by Steven Pressfield

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Audio Original
Running Time
3 hrs. 12 mins.
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Break Through Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Every day we wake up, and, whether we know or appreciate it, we wage an invisible war against an unquenchable foe. This unseen enemy stands between the life we live and the unlived life within us. Fall victim to it as most do and mediocrity is your course. Overcome it and your glory will be the success and accomplishment that can only come with living your Unlived Life. Let world-renowned novelist and fellow warrior Steven Pressfield arm you to overcome this "Resistance" and live your ... Unlived Life!

Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.

Have you ever brought home a treadmill and let it gather dust in the attic? Ever resolved on a diet, a course of yoga, and then quit on it? Are you a writer who doesn't write, a painter who doesn't paint, an entrepreneur who never starts a venture? Then you know what Resistance is.

Resistance is the most toxic force on the planet. It is the root of more unhappiness than poverty, disease, and dysfunction. Resistance is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, harder to kick than crack cocaine. We're not alone if we've been mown down by Resistance; millions of good men and women have bitten the dust before us. And here's the biggest problem: We don't even know what hit us. I never did. From age 24 to 32, Resistance kicked my ass from East Coast to West and back again 13 times, and I never even knew it existed. I looked everywhere for the enemy and failed to see it right in front of my face.

Look into your own heart. Even though you've only read a few paragraphs unless I'm crazy, right now a still, small voice is piping up, telling you as it has 10 thousand times, the calling that is yours and yours alone. You know it. No one has to tell you. And unless I'm crazy, you're no closer to taking action on it than you were yesterday or will be tomorrow. You think Resistance isn't real? Resistance will bury you!

You know, Hitler wanted to be an artist. At 18 he took his inheritance, 700 kronen, and moved to Vienna to live and study. He applied to the Academy of Fine Arts and later to the School of Architecture. Ever see one of his paintings? Neither have I. Resistance beat him. Call it 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.

Here's what other customers who have purchased The War of Art had to say about the program:

"I bought the mp3 of The War of Art. I've bought many self-help books and audio programs on procrastination and yours really spoke to me, especially your definition of the professional and also the description of what you do to prepare yourself to work. It moved me to get off my a... and to do my work. I guess I need to log off the Internet now and start working. Thanks!"

"I have been listening to the audiobook version of The War of Art. I'm on my second go-round. As I tried to explain to my 12-year-old daughter, you define in clear and in no uncertain terms the general thoughts and ideas I have about being in the world and how to do the work. The notion of resistence is brilliant, and I have allowed it to swallow me up for huge clumps of my life."
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Reviewer jorenanthony
 February 13, 2014
Reading this was great, funny, and totally hit home hard. Listening to the mp3s of The War of Art is like having the book through a syringe -- because you can listen on a regular basis, while doing other things. The author is not an academic, and neither am I. This book is practical content (a lot of it the author lived through himself) that helps people like me - an unfulfilled creative - go against the grain of materialist, egoist society. To do that one seriously needs to cross the bridge from vision and idea to spiritual fruition of the self in action. It is within grasp, especially within the concepts provided here.

Great Title - Disappointing Content
Reviewer stalwart
 August 01, 2012
There may certainly be some redeeming qualities in this book. However, the author makes broad brush strokes over issues he clearly does not understand (e.g. his understanding of fundamentalism). Pressfield frequently uses unnecessary, and immature profanity. He reminds me of a 10 or 11 year old boy who thinks it is grown-up or cool to cuss. I am disappointed that Nightingale-Conant chose to put their stamp of approval upon this title. I am not familiar with Pressfield's other work - but in my opinion with regards to this book (according to his own definition) he is a hack. I wasted about $22.00 on this title. Indeed, The War of Art has a great title - but disappointing content!

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T017181
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