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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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 »


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.


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 »


Critics

There will always be critics — those who will malign and slander your work, call you a hack, or convince you to quit.

It is your choice whether their words will make you stronger or weaker, whether they will wound you or spur you on. Read the rest of this entry »


How to Manage Up

I just read a great post in Lifehacker about how to “manage up”. It was convicting, to say the least.

Here are the five basic steps for managing up:

1) Train your boss to meet with you regularly.
2) Come to every meeting with a detailed agenda.
3) Keep a pulse on your boss’s changing priorities. Read the rest of this entry »


The Difference Between Projects and Conversations

There’s a significant difference between conversations and projects in your work. But how do you know?

How do you know the difference between a “talk” with your boss and an actionable list of tasks? How do you know when you’re just brainstorming and when it’s time to allocate resources and time to a new endeavor?

Here’s the difference:

Conversations = possibilities
Projects = expectations and deliverables

There is a time for both.

But there’s a difference between conversations and projects. Don’t confuse the two.