Book: The War of Art

Started: Feb. 26th, 2017

Finished: Feb. 26th, 2017

“The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it” — The War of Art

I am having a hard time starting this post. Not because the subject matter was lacking but rather the opposite. I can say with all sincerity that this is the most impactful book I’ve read in the past 12 months.

Will your mileage vary? Absolutely.

Will you be better for reading it? Absolutely.

Pressfield writes personally. Like a close friend explaining his views over a bottle of wine. He’s silly and he swears and he makes one hell of a point.

The premise is simple: Make your art NOW.

Everyone and their grandmother’s cousin has something that they are personally working on. A painting, a song, a revolutionary cure, the next Candy Birds app, a new flavor of condom. You name it, you’re all creating something.

The problem is that we get stuck and afraid and self-conscious and side tracked.

We have a million, beautifully crafted excuses. We are procrastinating.

The thing we miss when we don’t finish, is we don’t just cheat ourselves of success. We rob the entire human race of that creation only YOU can make real.

It’s the cure that didn’t save a thousand lives.

The song that didn’t move hundreds to tears.

That joke which one old woman never had the chance to laugh at.

Creation is generous, procrastination is selfish.

“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” — The War of Art

The moral is this: Start. Do it now. Be brave enough to face that monstrous resistance and rescue your dream from the creeping march of time lost.

My words are not original and this concept is not new. It’s old. Despite this, Pressfield transmuted it into something original and beautiful.

If your fire of desire is burning low, this very well may be the spark you need to rekindle the blaze.

As always, happy reading and until next time.

— Michael


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