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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2003

    War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

    The $13 billion consulting firm, Accenture, is currently telling us through its television ads "Because It's Not How Many Ideas You Have -- It's How Many You Make Happen." ****** "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield,gives us the key -- on a day-to-day basis, for making those ideas happen -- whether you be writer, artist, high-tech entrepreneur, salesperson, school teacher, medical researcher, or investment banker-- whatever it is you do or want to do. ***** The myth of creativity is that it is glamorous and can come about randomly by laying around on the sofa all day long. It is not glamourous nor easy. It is hard work, day-in and day-out. As Mr. Pressfield puts it, " . . .the Muse favors working stiffs. She hates prima donnas." ***** Mr. Pressfield, author of "The Legend of Bagger Vance" gives us the wisdom of putting one foot in front of the other every single day and outlining the traits of a real professional -- and a complete individual who lives up to his or her potential. It is so simple that it is profound. ***** This book should be /could be the platform for sound training and development in the business community -- especially as we continue to look for ways to increase productivity and nurture the most precious resource of any serious business --its people. ***** If you are a parent, student, professional, entreprenuer, artist, athlete, CEO, Executive or Middle Manager, or retired person, this book is worth reading -- and not just once. ***** I learned a number of years ago that if you want to create a habit or eliminate an undesirable one, it takes about six weeks of consistent, habitual behavior. ***** If you want to jump start a lasting positive direction for your life or endeavor I recommend setting aside 2 hours each week for six weeks to read Mr. Pressfield's gem cover-to-cover. Six weeks. 2 hours. 12 hours total to get out of whatever rut you are in and become excellent. If you are not in a rut -- read it anyway. You just might learn that you have not tapped your own potential --opening new doors of opportunity and fulfillment. ***** It is not hard for me to envision firms like Nike, Accenture, Starbucks, Apple, the top Venture Capital Firms and others, once they discover "The War of Art," to begin using the book as one component in their training and development programs. Owners of entreprenuerial firms and individuals who round up a copy of this book will actually be enhancing the investment they have already made in themselves. ***** Word of caution: Just as the act of breathing does not belong to any particular brand of religion or faith, the wisdom Mr. Pressfield concisely arranges for us in "The War of Art" belongs to all of us, regardless of our personal faith or religious beliefs. All of us --with no exceptions. Keep your faith and excel. ***** Like Accenture rightly says, . . . It's Not How Many Ideas You Have -- It's How Many You Make Happen. ***** Greg Ford Houston, Texas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2003

    War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle

    As the owner of my own successful business, started from scratch almost 16 years ago, I fully appreciate the wisdom and day-to-day practicality The War of Art. The book is straight-forward, concise, and pulls no punches. I imagine the author, Steven Pressfield, did not write The War of Art with the business world in mind. It doesn't matter. Truth is truth, and if you want to succeed in business without taking unnecessary risks or steps that lead to long-drawn out frustration, invest the money you would spend at the coffee shop for the next five days in a copy of The War of Art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2002

    i had to ask my uncle to leave me at the bookstore for a while...

    i was browsing some new photography books and came to see this very interestingly-covered pocket-sized one and started browsing it. 'now ide be b**ch! this aint no photography book?'...but i started reading it and just read and read...till i had to actually finish the book...oh by the way, i had to call to my uncle whose suppose to pick me up after 15 minutes to just give me the rest of the evening in bookstore; & when asked y, i told them i met a very good old friend of mine that i havent seen in years and had to acyually sit & stay for more coffee and talk. im a tourist in texas though, and the 'war of art' has an amazing personal effect on telling who the real enemy is. brilliant!

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