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‘The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles’, a big name for a small book!!
It’s a small self-help book which talks about ‘resistance’ and what obstacles does it place in our journey towards what we wish to do or should do! Every day, our lives are filled with wars with this resistance, big and small! Well, tons of books have been written on such topics and this one is another addition to the list!
First Part talks about what is resistance and its different forms! Second section, called ‘Combating Resistance: Turning Pro’ tells you how creative people (the author calls them ‘pros’) fight resistance and achieve their goals! Too much of heavy philosophy in the third part called “Beyond Resistance: The Higher Realm” where he starts talking about God and was read just to finish the book!
It’s like any other similar book. You read it, get an adrenaline rush of inspiration and then most of it fades away into the oblivion soon! Having said that there are some simple yet powerful lines that managed to grab some attention and love and will stay with me long after I have read it!
“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.”
“There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not writing part that is hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is resistance.”
“Rationalization has its own sidekick, It’s the part of our own psyche that actually believes what rationalisation tells us. It’s one thing to lie to ourselves. It’s another thing to believe it.”
And something which I don’t agree with completely:
“The Principle of Priority states (a) you must know the difference between what is urgent and what is important, and (b) you must do what’s important first.”
And something that confused me:
“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”
(If you find out who you already are, what is left to be done!! *** thinking face ***)
And something I believed I invented was there in the book as well, lol:
““The opposite of love isn’t hate; it’s indifference”
If you get hold of this, it’s a quick read. If you don’t you are not missing out on anything!