The Art of War: The Essential Translation of the Classic Book of Life (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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Wiser Thinking
August 16, 2017
Do you ever have ambitious projects? Like creating a successful youtube channel? How about writing that masterpiece script that will elevate your writing career? Yet, for whatever reason, you haven't really gotten to completing your project. It's in the back of your head, but it's never urgent enough to get started. Well, then you are suffering from Resistance.

What I mean by Resistance is self-sabotage. Steven Pressfield goes into detail about this in this book. He realized that the reason many people are not happy with their current life due to not spending time with their true callings. There are many reasons for this, having kids, stressful job, no time. Yet, this all plays into Resistance hands. If everyone in this world follows their true calling in life, there would be no drug problems, no depression, no anxiety issues etc. Since most people don't even scratch their true calling, they fall prey to Resistance and live a mediocre life.

With this read, Steven Pressfield outlines all the symptoms of Resistance and how to fight it. It's simple, but not easy. With Steven Pressfield's guidance, you will have the knowledge to fight and defeat Resistance.

You have goals in your life. If you didn't, then you wouldn't be searching for this book. Reading this book will help you realize the chains you have on. If you put the effort in and have the patience, you will overcome Resistance.

So what are you waiting for? Get this book and start the journey to your creative life. We only have one life, and why take the chance in not ever following our calling.
Jeff S. Wiebe
December 3, 2016
Definitely worth the money. Divided into three 'Books' (sections in the one physical volume), The War of Art covers a lot of material that creatives, and the self-employed, and homemakers, professionals with jobs and cubicles, even, will find useful. Self-discipline and getting down to work are crucial challenges for all of us at one time or another. For those without external drivers (a boss, a deadline, a growling stomach) and especially those who work in solitude, the only drivers are from within. Resistance, a foe discussed in detail by Pressfield, fights everybody, but without external drivers it is especially challenging.
Books I and II are excellent. I found Book III a strikeout, but didn't care, because I was glad to return to I and II to reread. Those two Books are foundational and entirely worth the price of whole book. I can heartily recommend The War of Art, and have purchased one more of Pressfield's books (Do The Work), and intend to purchase at least one more I've looked at (Nobody Wants To Read Your Sh*t).
Daniel
April 3, 2017
The Art of War is one of those books that you just need to keep on coming back to in order to help it seep into your subconscious. If there is one amazing thing I would like to say about this book, is if you really take the teachings of it to heart and make that effort to understand them on multiple levels it really helps you to keep an even playing field in life. I think every one should not only read this book, but listen to the audio book as well!!!
Linda j
May 29, 2015
I bought this book as recommended reading for an on-line course I was taking called Creative UnBootcamp, to help people get past Writer's Block or whatever creative block they're experiencing. The course did the trick and and I write every day now. Since the dry 'spell' was broken before I started reading this book I can't personally attest to its efficacy in that regard. But I was enchanted when I first heard the name of the book. What a clever name I thought. I'd never even heard of Steven Pressfield. Then I saw he'd written Bagger Vance. I hadn't read the book but I saw the movie when it first came out. I didn't know it was based on the Bhagavad Gita. That intrigued me since I follow a yogic path and the Bhagavad Gita is one of the defining texts of my life. So I ordered Bagger Vance, in book form, too. But back to 'The War of Art'. Although I can't claim it was responsible for getting me out of my writer's block, it certainly is one of the things keeping me out of it. It is broken up into small gemlike pieces so, much like doing mantra repetition on a mala, you can savour each sacred bead as it rolls through your consciousness. I deliberately read this book slowly. I would put it down, sometimes for days at a time, then pick it up, process a few more gems, and put it down again. I rarely reread books, and if I do, it's years later. But now that I'm finished, I will start at the beginning again (like painting the Golden Gate Bridge). This book reminds me why I write. The delight of a well turned phrase, the inspiration of a new concept encountered, the joy of communion with another thoughtful human being. You don't need to feel blocked in some way to love this book. Frankly I've found Self Help books to be completely useless for someone like me. This book is a treasure. It was designed to help readers accomplish something, but it has a separate existence beyond that also. I long ago embraced the Bhagavad Gita philosophy that we are not entitled to the fruits of our labour, and this book reinforces that on every page. Create for the joy of creating. Create because you must. Create because there is a longing in you that won't go away if you don't. Create as an offering. Just create. It's who we are.
Randal Martin
October 14, 2018
The book was ok, had some nice quotes and some interesting things to talk about.
Although a short read, I found the author trailed off on what he was trying to talk about, in return leaving you confused.
I did not like how he brought God into the book, more so near the end.
Found he quoted or mentioned examples a lot of events or people, that maybe most people wouldnt know who they are.