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If you are a writer or of the creative disposition, this book will change the way you view your life and all its maladies. I’m writing this review as if it’s a part of the Nolan-directed Dark Knight movie series, the season finale of Madmen, Walking Dead or Breaking Bad. I don’t want to reveal too much for fear of my words damaging the impact this well written piece of literature contains. I am a procrastinator in every sense of the word. I have several books “In the process of” on my hard drive. (Incomplete stories about Russian mobsters, drug-dealing boxers and a long one I lovingly call “The Black Harry Potter” tentatively. Two years tentative by the way.) I’m that guy who will skip days on P90x. (Today is a cardio day by the way.) I still haven’t leveled my perks forging daggers in Skyrim to allow me to create Dragon scale armor. I’m fighting the urge to create another character that will probably attain the same level and lack Dragon scale armor like his brethren. While I jest about my video game procrastinations, I just wanted to show that I’m a habitual procrastinator. Video games are clearly an escape from actual work and I found ways to procrastinate doing the fictional work in a video game. This book showed me my deep flaws and explained the importance of overcoming the massive ogre of “Resistance” that consumes my life. Pressfield, in expansive plain-talk, identifies procrastination in its many forms and rallies the reader to battle. My writing this review after completing his book, is my own form of “Resistance”, actually. I can identify this with better clarity because of this book. Pressfield suggests a creative person to almost separate himself into two distinct entities. The creative employee and the Self/Me Corporation. Creativity comes from an emotional place, but the business of being creative has to be “professionally done”. Pressfield identifies the differences of approach for professionals and amateurs and what creative types need to do to get to work. If this book doesn’t make you look at work differently, you’re probably worse off than I am.

Here it from the man himself: