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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield is a succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. Always wanted to write, start your own business, or paint? What is stopping you?

Image of the cover of the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield


Perhaps, it’s you!

We always have an option but we end up choosing the easier one because we are not challenged enough.

The War of Art captures its audience by the questions it constantly poses throughout the 200+ pages. Statements like, “Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us.” do not leave a second of a doubt that it’s a self-help non-fiction book about seizing the day.

Steven Pressfield’s book can be told in 3-parts.

Part one talks about “Resistance: Defining the Enemy”. Here you will realize what is stopping you – the enemy. This is with reference to a quote by Dalai Lama “The enemy is a very good teacher.

Part two talks about “Combating Resistance: Turning Pro”. What kind of a person do you want to become?
The one who studies wars or the one who is a warrior?

We always have an option but we end up choosing the easier one because we are not challenged enough.

In the third and the last part of the book, Steven Pressfield talks about “Beyond Resistance: The Higher Realm”.

Each part enables us to think clearly and do what we want to do – choose self over ego.

The War of Art will inspire you to become a writer, dancer, business owner, teacher or anything else you wish to be.

This is an excellent book inspiring you to ditch the guilt, sorrows, fear of failures, unproductivity, inefficiencies and the negative feelings that are stopping all of us from taking charge. If you are at crossroads of having to work for someone and working for yourself, aka becoming a business owner, then this book will get you going.

You can buy the book here if you’re in the UK.


If you want to read a book that brings you face to face with reality and questions the economic style of those in power, then give this novel a read – Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.