Loved this book, LOVED THIS BOOK. No other way to say it. Why you may ask, well it just seemed to be the right book at the right time that seemed to be speaking directly to me. This is the follow up to The War of Art, which I haven’t read yet but will have to shortly. Essentially this book is a about making the decision to stop playing at the things you love and to commit to doing them like a pro. All of us are, either now or at some time in our lives, playing the amateur role. Kinda half committing to following our passions but still watching our soaps or getting lost in [insert this weeks fashionable social media here]. And with one decision you could turn professional and stop playing around. Its freen and really is that simple but that move to professional means sacrifice, giving up comforts that you’ve clinged to for years and being honest with yourself about the way the time you’ve been wasting. Its scary stuff but liberating. Leaving no excuses, saying no to distractions, no to mindless surfing, facebook trawling …the list goes on.
The difference with a pro and an armature is how the deal with resistance. Resistance is the enemy and its always around doing its best to hold us back. Its the email that needs to be checked, that then leads you to the site that needs to be read, that trails you to that youtube video that you need to share that becomes the morning where you wake up at you pc wondering where the hell did the last 4 hours go. There are a million bits of resistance you can busy yourself with but if its not your passion then you’re simply not being pro. I loved the chat with a Rabbi that referenced Kabbalistic teachings in neshama and yetzer hara. I’m probably going to get this slightly wrong but the jist is that neshama is the goodness, wisdom and essentially your soul constantly chatting away in the background trying to guide us and keep us right. Yetzer hara on the other hand is your shadow self, cunning, self self sustaining and not giving a dam about you. Its only focus is the keep us from neshama. Now everyone likes a hero vs a bad guy scenario and view resistance to a slightly sinister as a bad guy really appealed to me. That you know what you need to do (which we do) and that being pro is basically kicking this little shits arse.
Since reading the book and making the decision to turn pro I’ve started getting a huge amount more done. When I’ve noticed myself drifting into the resistance abyss I’ve managed to pull myself back and I’m actively removing distraction whenever I see them.
Resistance hates two qualities above all others: concentration and depth
Another plus is that the book is broken up in to lots of very short chapters that lets you take it in with bite-sized chucks. Its not the longest book but it certainly packs a punch.
What can I say, buy this book. The synopsis is below make sure you click on those links, get your buts over to amazon and buy something that will make a huge difference in you life.