Monday, March 12, 2012

A couple of book recommendations if you're ambitious ...

... and paralyzed.

Both of these are by Steven Pressfield, perhaps best known for "The Legend of Bagger Vance," but who also writes killer historical fiction.

First is "Do the Work," and the second is "The War of Art."

I'm passing these gems along to any of you who are dreaming of doing "something." While they're both pitched toward writers, they're just super for anyone who is going after conquering some creative endeavor. I think the principles here would apply to anyone who is trying to get physically fit, recover from a broken heart, or going after any objective that would move you to a higher plane of work. Any act that calls for a commitment of the heart fits in here.

The demon he addresses is "resistance"... or, if you prefer, fear, self-doubt, procrastination, addiction, distraction, timidity, ego and narcissism, self-loathing, perfectionism, etc.

Pressman encourages us to be stupid. He says, "A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It's only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and heisitate."

In other words, when faced with a task, especially a creative one - don't think. Act.

I live for stuff like this. I'd recommend "Do the Work" first, which is kind of a greatest hits version of "The War of Art." Pressman doesn't sugarcoat anything, and sometimes a kick in the nether regions is just what we need.

Check 'em out.

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