The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The War of ArtThe War of Art by Steven Pressfield is amazing. If you deal with creativity in your work or personal life, I can’t make a better recommendation.

I don’t know why I went so long without reading this book.

I had heard friends mention it in passing, but honestly hadn’t paid much attention to it.

Last year, I finally picked up the War of Art and finished it over Christmas break. I loved it.

Pressfield’s The War of Art is a must-read for any writer or artist.

This manifesto for creatives is essential for anyone longing to overcome “The Resistance” (the name of the force that prevents each of us from accomplishing our dreams.)

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The Best Way to Network: Serving People

My tip for the best way to network is simply this: serve people. In a world of self-congratulation and a growing obsession with celebrity culture, we need more of this ethos of humility and generosity. Networking is a funny concept. In business, you’re supposed to network with peers in your industry to stay fresh in your trade, grow in your field, and keep a healthy list of prospective clients (depending on what you do).
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When You’re Feeling Uninspired

I’m not feeling particularly inspired today. I don’t even want to write anything on this blog.

I’ve learned two vital lessons about what to do at times like these when I’m feeling uninspired. One is from Steven Pressfield, and the other is from Anne Lamott (via Ben Arment).

The first is this: Fight through the Resistance. Author of The War of Art Steven Pressfield explains in his book that there is a force warring against your creativity. It is called “the Resistance,” and it wants to keep you from your destiny.

You need to get up every day, expecting resistance, and fight through it.

You need to not wait for inspiration, but do your part by showing up. It’s up to the Muse to do the rest. Read the rest of this entry »


Are You Satisfied?

Jason Fried of 37 Signals posted a tweet recently saying how sad it is when business surveys set “satisfied” as their highest metric for success. What a  “low bar” to set, he laments. Read the rest of this entry »


You Must Ship

You have to put your work out in front of people if it is going to make an impact. The world can’t be changed by what it doesn’t see.

You must give up on perfectionism and fall in love with “good enough.”

You need to do more than come up with good ideas and interesting strategies.

You must ship.


Don’t Be a Celebrity

Our culture lauds celebrities to a fault. We place such a high priority on being famous (or getting there) that any status level lower than that of celebrity is simply unacceptable, in our minds. Read the rest of this entry »


It’s Time to Begin

It’s time to get started. No excuses or distractions.

Turn off the TV. Shut down Twitter. Step away from the noise.

You’ve been dreading this moment. It’s both scary and exciting. But the allure of it is also cause for your anxiety. You can think of a million reasons to procrastinate, to put off your duty just another hour or day or month and only one to do it — you simply must. Read the rest of this entry »