Steven Pressfield is a writer and author of fiction and non-fiction books including The Legend of Bagger Vance and The War of Art, among many others.
I approached him about interviewing him for my Journey To Success Radio show and his assistant replied that he was unable to do the interview. They did however send me a box of his books which is very cool. I received 10 copies each of The War of Art, Do The Work!, Turning Pro, and The Authentic Swing, which I will be giving away.
Steven Pressfield (S is an American author, of historical fiction and non-fiction, and screenplays.
His struggles to make a living as an author, including the period when he was homeless and living out of the back of his car, are detailed in his book The War of Art.
His first book, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was published in 1995, and made into a film of the same name, starring Will Smith, Charlize Theron and Matt damon and directed by Robert Redford.
His second novel, Gates of Fire, is about the Spartans and the battle at Thermopylae. It is taught at the U.S. Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy,
In 2012, he launched the publishing house Black Irish Books with his agent Shawn Coyne.
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. What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece?
Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.
The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline.
Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.
Above: Business Elite Canada Magazine Publisher Milos Bulatovic with the books I gave him.
"There is an enemy. There is an intelligent, active, malign force working against us. Step one is to recognize this. This recognition alone is enormously powerful. It saved my life, and it will save yours." -- Steven Pressfield
Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don't know where to start? The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto that will show you that it's not about better ideas, it's about actually doing the work.
Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance - a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.
Picking up where The War of Art and Turning Pro left off, Do The Work takes the reader from the start to the finish of any long-form project—novel, screenplay, album, software piece, you name it.
Do The Work identifies the predictable Resistance Points along the way and walks you through each of them. No, you are not crazy. No, you are not alone. No, you are not the first person to "hit the wall" in Act Two.
Do The Work charts the territory. It's the stage-by-stage road map for taking your project from Page One to THE END.