steven pressfield

steven pressfield

intro’d to Steven via Seth Godin. Steven being Seth’s mentor.



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Steven Pressfield (September 1943— ) is an American author, of historical fiction and non-fiction, and screenplays.

He was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1943, while his father was stationed there, in the Navy. He graduated from Duke University in 1965 and in 1966 joined the Marine Corps. In the years following, he worked as an advertising copywriter, schoolteacher, tractor-trailer driver, bartender, oilfield roustabout, attendant in a mental hospital, fruit-picker in Washington state, and screenwriter. 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 site:

steven pressfield site


recent interview:

steven pressfield on oprah


the_war_of_artdo_the_workturning pro

books link to amazon


saturday, may 7, 2011

steven pressfield

the domino project
intros do the work free on kindle
and if you don’t have a kindle no worries – free kindle for pc – is what i use
free kindle for mac – well you knowour job is not to control our idea – it’s to figure out what our idea is and then bring it to check list from reading:

  • get a recorder
  • read (listen to) 3 books without taking notes – ouch
  • remember that research can be the resistance as can rationale
  • get do the work/poke the box on audio for kids

for the 12th – killer opening scene, 2 major set pieces in the middle, a killer climax, a concise statement of the theme  [1) stats for money time not spent on classroom management/tests and training/personal goes for both, along with stats of number currently falling through cracks – esp on a longevity scale 2) parents/students unleashed in their thinking about options, parent/students creating an egypt a mad cow protest a bloodless revolution 3) your district coming full fledge, the marriage of art and science in practicality not just theory, walking your streets 4) choice is the ultimate empowerment, we are all connected

why does this purely instinctive, intuitive method work? because our idea … is smarter than we are.

there will be more..


saturday, may 21, 2011

steven pressfield

interview with seth’s mentor via the Amber Rae of the Domino Projectthe pain of running away from the work is greater than the pain of doing the workrunning first thing in the morning – sets the pattern of overcoming a small resistance first thing.he refers to Elizabeth Gilbert‘s ted
the art is not coming from us – we need to remember that in humilitytrust instincts, be bold, turn of self-sensors
boldness is very keymostly – it’s just a mindset

wednesday, may 25, 2011

steven pressfield

holy cow.
i thought do the work was good.
then when i heard this guy is Seth’s mentor… i ordered War of Art

holy cow.

some quotes:

  • yielding to the resistance deforms our spirit
  • how many of us have become drunks and drug addicts, developed tumors and neuroses, succumbed to painkillers, gossip, and compulsive cell-phone use, simply because we don’t do that thing that our hearts, our inner genius, is calling us to? resistance defeats us. if tomorrow morning by some stroke of magic every dazed and benighted soul woke up with the power to take the first step toward pursuing his or her dreams, every shrink in the directory would be out of business. prison would stand empty. the alcohol and tobacco industries would collapse, along with the junk food, cosmetic surgery, and infotainment business, not to mention pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and the medical professions from top to bottom. domestic abuse would become extinct, as would addiction, obesity, migraine headaches, road rage, and dandruff.
  • 70-80% of people dr’s see – has nothing to do with health issues
  • any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity elicit the resistance
  • the resistance wants to kill, but it doesn’t know us personally
  • we can use this as a compass – fear is a good sign
  • the resistance feeds off our fear – so it does all it can to let us think we’re resisting because of fear.. rationalizing is a friend of the resistance
  • you could turn the tables this very second.. up to you
  • we’re wired for community, so not comfortable being alone – we’re never alone.. we have the muse of our art
  • self doubt can be your ally – the counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident
  • the athlete plays hurt, we can’t wait for healing, or from being a victim. the part we imagine needs healing is not the part we create from. the part we create from can’t be touched by anything our parents did or society did
  • the part that needs healing is our personal life, but personal life has nothing to do with work.
  • resistance loves healing – he knows it will distract you
  • rationalizations could be true – but they mean diddly
  • amateurs don’t love the game enough, pro doesn’t mean you’re getting money – it means you’ve sold out to doing what you love 24/7
  • the pros core is bullet proof, nothing can touch it unless he lets it
  • he separates self from art  [i hear Elizabeth Gilbert talking..]
  • resistance wants us to cede sovereignty to others. it wants us to stake our self-worth , our identity, our reason for being, on the response of others to our work. resistance knows we can’t take this. no one can.
  • pro knows limitations.. hires out jobs
  • the most important thing about art is work. nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.

it’s paperback. it’s a fast read.
i’m thinking it’s a lab staple. a first read even.


thursday, april 19, 2012

Steven pressfield


saturday, april 21, 2012

steven pressfield


Maybe I’m delusional, but I think a sea-change is taking place right here, right now. I mean a good change. It’s below the radar. The government has nothing to do with it. The government doesn’t even know it’s going on.

the change is percolating. It’s underground. It’s silent. There’s no movement, no spokesman. It doesn’t get a lot of press. Most of it is part-time. It’s being done by individuals who haven’t quit their day jobs. But there are millions of people in this country who, one by one, are making themselves over. I don’t mean just “learning skills” or “reinventing livelihoods.” I mean Major Overhaul. Emotions. Dreams. Focus. Professionalism. Mental toughness.

Thucydides quotes this great sentence from Pericles’ Funeral Oration, addressing the citizens of ancient Athens:

Taking everything together then, I declare that our city is an education to Greece, and I declare that in my opinion every one of our citizens, in all the manifold aspects of life, is able to show himself the rightful lord and owner of his own person, and do this, moreover, with exceptional grace and exceptional versatility.


feb 2014:

taking breaks

You never take a break at the end of a project.

The only thing that’s worse—because that you fall into the abyss of Resistance and you can’t get started again. It’s like taking a break after the NBA finals. You just can’t do it. You’ve got to get into the gym the next day. Take a break a month later than that.

But the only thing worse than that . . . I know I’m kind of swerving off topic here . . .

The only thing worse

than taking a break at the end of a project is when you end a project and you submit it to somebody for judgment, like a screenplay or a novel that you’re “turning in,” and then you

stop and wait to hear back what people are going to say about it.

That is the worst possible thing you can do to yourself because you must be your own judge of how good something is. When you do something like that, and particularly when you stop working . . . Forget about it. 


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