Not A Subscriber?

Join 12,478+ High-Achieving Entrepreneurs Using Weekly Wisdom…
Get the life and business advice that doesn’t suck.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

“The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield

Get the book here.


“The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield is a powerful and transformative book that opens me into the creative process and the internal battles we face when pursuing our artistic endeavors. With its honest and unflinching approach, this book serves as a rallying cry for me to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of the creative expression.

Pressfield’s writing style is straightforward and engaging, offering a blend of practical advice, personal anecdotes, and profound insights. He draws upon his own experiences as a writer, sharing his struggles and triumphs, as well as his observations of other artists’ journeys. Through his words, he highlights the universal challenges that creative individuals face, such as self-doubt, resistance, and the fear of failure.

One of the central themes of “The War of Art” is the concept of resistance. Pressfield defines resistance as the invisible force that prevents us from doing the work that truly matters to us. Whether it’s procrastination, self-sabotage, or the pursuit of distractions, resistance manifests in various forms, seeking to keep us from reaching our full creative potential. Pressfield encourages me to recognize resistance, confront it head-on, and develop the discipline and mindset necessary to overcome it.

What sets “The War of Art” apart is its raw honesty and unapologetic tone. Pressfield doesn’t sugarcoat the realities of the creative process or offer false promises of instant success. Instead, he exposes the inner battles I believe we all face as artists and challenges us to embrace the long and arduous journey of creative work. His words serve as a wake-up call for me, which is why I come back to this book many times, urging me to take responsibility for my creative life and to commit to the daily practice of showing up and doing the work.

While “The War of Art” primarily focuses on the challenges of artistic pursuits, its lessons extend beyond the creative realm for me. The book offers valuable insights and practical wisdom that I apply to any endeavor in my life, whether it’s starting a new business, pursuing personal goals, or embarking on a new venture. Pressfield’s teachings on discipline, self-mastery, and the importance of embracing discomfort have a universal applicability that extends far beyond the world of art.

This book along with The Flinch by Julien Smith are a remarkable duo to bring me back to reality and get back on my mission.

In conclusion, “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield is a compelling and indispensable resource for anyone seeking to overcome creative resistance and unleash their full creative potential. Pressfield’s candid and inspiring words cut through the noise and offer a roadmap for navigating the challenges of the creative process for me. This book is a powerful call to action, urging me to confront my fears, embrace the discomfort, and step into the arena of our creative pursuits.