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My take-aways from The War of Art - Part 1

Just a little background information, this book is written by Steven Pressfield and it details something called "Resistance". He explains this as an invisible force that keeps us from doing what is helpful to us. Resistance is virtually everywhere, we just don't call it that because it disguises itself as things like procrastination or substance abuse.


My first impression is that he does a great job of being concise. All of the pages start with a title and then some words dissecting the matter, never more than a page or two. I think this is the best way to get a point across when you need to organize a lot of information/thoughts.


"Resistant obstructs movement only from a lower sphere to a higher." It's always easier to sit on the couch and convince yourself you're doing the right thing. Making a change is hard and before you can progress you must struggle.


Pressfield has pointed out a few times that cruelty or criticism towards other's is a form of resistance. It is a tactic to "fill the gap" or fit in with a crowd and does nothing for growth. On the other hand, constructive criticism has a completely different effect and is used to specifically help someone. If that someone will not even consider constructive criticism, it is self-sabotage at its finest.


I like how he uses human nature as an example as to why we feel a certain way about certain things. Pressfield explains that we are meant to fit in with a tribe (groups in the hunter-gatherer era) and even though not being apart of an actual nomadic group is a little outdated, it still stands as part of the reason why it is sometimes hard to be an individual.


I'm a little over a third done and will write more of these updates as I make progress in the book. Doing this helps me keep the important information fresh in my mind.

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