The War of Art Book Review | Practical Lessons for Designers & Drafters

I love books and I love reading them! I read as many books as I can every year. Besides books, I read and follow blogs, articles, news on a daily basis. Reading is a big part of my life. In fact below is a picture of my home office… (Click here to see my home office drafting workstation set up)

01-Office That’s right! Physical books that you can actually touch, feel, smell… Old fashioned? Maybe. But that’s how I consume information best. Yes, I read books in digital format as well, but there is something special about reading a physical book.

Anyways, that’s not what this post is about though. Once in a while I will be writing a short to the point reviews of books related, and not directly related but still applicable, to drafting, design, architecture and creative work.

Today I would like to review a book that I recently read, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. You can grab a copy HERE. This book is for anyone who ever struggled with “creative blocks” and other barriers that stopped you from achieving your goals. Whether you are a writer, artist, freelance designer, entrepreneur or just consider yourself to be a creative person, this book is for you.

Steven Pressfield divides the book into three parts:

Book One | Resistance: Defining the Enemy

Book Two | Combating Resistance: Turning Pro

Book Three | Beyond Resistance: Higher Realm

Book One | Resistance: Defining the Enemy

Right from the start, Pressfield puts into words something that many creative people struggled to identify. Resistance! Throughout the first part of the book author identifies different barriers in our lives that can stand in the way of our success.

This quote stood out to me the most from book one, “Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.” Later he continues, “Are you a writer who doesn’t write, a painter who doesn’t pain, an entrepreneur who never starts a new venture? Then you know what Resistance is.”

Book Two | Combating Resistance: Turning Pro

This middle section of the book is the most practical. Pressfield shares tips motivating the reader to battle the resistance. Author introduces the concept of combating resistance by turning pro. Here is what he means, “The professional loves it (the calling) so much he dedicates his life to it. He commits full-time. That’s what I mean when I say turning pro. Resistance hates it when we turn pro.”

Book Three | Beyond Resistance: Higher Realm

In the final section of the book reader will be challenged to look beyond the resistance. Author talks about connecting to things more greater than ourselves to accomplishing our calling. Pressfield also talks about the concept of separating our ego from the self.


What can designers and drafters learn from The War of Art?

In my opinion this is a must read for any creative person. If you are freelancing, this book will help you battle fear. If you are a designer, this book will help you deal with negative criticism. If you are an entrepreneur, this book will encourage you to keep going and see challenges not as your enemy but rather a confirmation that you are on the right path.

You can grab a copy of The War of Art HERE.

P.S. If you read The War of Art before, I would love to read your thoughts and opinion? Please feel free to share in the comments below.


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Eugene Kovalenko

I’m a husband, dad, blogger, and owner of DraftingHub.com. I provide inspiration and resources for designers, students and drafting firms.

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