Highlights from The War of Art. [8/52]
Here are some of my highlights from the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. My favorites are in bold. Every person doing creative work should read this book.
It's not the writing part that's hard. What's hard is sitting down to write.
Resistance is not a peripheral opponent. Resistance arises from within. It is self-generated and self-perpetuated. Resistance is the enemy within.
We're wrong if we think we're the only ones struggling with Resistance. Everyone who has a body experiences Resistance.
The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.
Resistance has no strength of its own. Every ounce of juice it possesses comes from us. We feed it with power by our fear of it. Master that fear and we conquer Resistance.
Procrastination is the most common manifestation of Resistance because it's the easiest to rationalize. We don't tell ourselves, "I'm never going to write my symphony." Instead we say, "I am going to write my symphony; I'm just going to start tomorrow."
If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.
The professional shuts up. She doesn't talk about it. She does her work.
The professional loves her work. She is invested in it wholeheartedly. But she does not forget that the work is not her.
But the artist cannot look to others to validate his efforts or his calling.
Jump. Build, Fly.