The film title refers to the ancient Chinese text of the same name by war strategist Sun Tzu.For centuries, man has studied the ancient art of war before heading into battle--obsessively planning, strategically theorizing, and meticulously executing.explains when and how to engage opponents in order to prevail in difficult situations.Instead of describing the logistics of warfare, he shows the reader how to succeed by motivating soldiers and leveraging tactical advantages.In the early 20th century, the Chinese writer and reformer Liang Qichao, theorized that the text was actually written in the 4th century BC by Sunzi's purported descendant Sun Bin, as a number of historical sources mention a military treatise he wrote.
The Art of War is traditionally attributed to a military general from the late 6th century BC known as "Master Sun" (Sunzi or Sun-tzu), though its earliest parts probably date to at least 100 years later.
I say my prayer, which is the Invocation of the Muse from Homer's Odyssey, translation by T. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, that my dear mate Paul Rink gave me and which sits near my shelf with the cuff links that belonged to my father and my lucky acorn from the battlefield at Thermopylae. And here's the biggest bitch: we don't even know what hit us. From age twenty-four to thirty-two, Resistance kicked my ass from East Coast to West and back again thirteen times and I never even knew it existed. Call it overstatement but I'll say it anyway: it was easier for Hitler to start World War II than it was for him to face a blank square of canvas. RESISTANCE'S GREATEST HITS The following is a list, in no particular order, of those activities, which most commonly elicit Resistance: 1) The pursuit of any calling in writing, painting, music, film, dance, or any creative art, however marginal or unconventional. 9) The undertaking of any enterprise or endeavor whose aim is to help others. The decision to get married, to have a child, to weather a rocky patch in a relationship. Its intention is to shove the creator away, distract him, sap his energy, incapacitate him. We locate it in spouses, jobs, bosses, kids, distractions. It is an engine of destruction, programmed from the factory with one object only: to prevent us from doing our work. Though it's written for writers, I imagine many of you would find it helpful as you struggle to keep your own creative flames shining brightly." "While certainly of great value to frustrated writers struggling with writer's block, Pressfield's highly personal philosophy, soundly rooted in his own significant life challenges, has merit for anyone frustrated in fulfilling his or her life purpose." is hell.
I point it toward my chair, so it can fire inspiration into me. When I start making typos, I know I'm getting tired. We're not alone if we've been mown down by Resistance; millions of good men and women have bitten the dust before us. 6) Any course or program designed to overcome an unwholesome habit or addiction. 8) Any act of political, moral or ethical courage, including the decision to change for the better some unworthy pattern of thought or conduct in ourselves. RESISTANCE IS INTERNAL Resistance seems to come from outside ourselves. It will reason with you like a lawyer or jam a nine-millimeter in your face like a stick-up man. Resistance is always lying and always full of shit. RESISTANCE IS IMPLACABLE Resistance is like the Alien or the Terminator or the shark in "Jaws." It cannot be reasoned with. RESISTANCE IS IMPERSONAL Resistance is not out to get you personally. "Pressfield has crafted an enlightening book about the myriad challenges he faces every day and ways in which he battles the terror of a blank sheet of paper.
What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Within days she quits her job, resumes the dream of writing Tex-Mex songs she gave up to raise a family (or starts studying Classical Greek, or moves to the inner city and devotes herself to tending babies with AIDS.) Woman's friends think she's crazy; she herself has never been happier. 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 telling us to? 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, overnight every shrink in the directory would be out of business. The alcohol and tobacco industries would collapse, along with the junk food, cosmetic surgery, and infotainment businesses, not to mention pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and the medical profession from top to bottom. And unless I'm crazy, you're no closer to taking action on it than you were yesterday or will be tomorrow. Or, expressed another way, any act that derives from our higher nature instead of our lower. It stands out with its humor and its wisdom from a man who has faced his own demons and come out swinging.
emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Domestic abuse would become extinct, as would addiction, obesity, migraine headaches, road rage and dandruff. Unless I'm crazy, right now a still small voice is piping up, telling you as it has ten thousand times, the calling that is yours and yours alone. If you just take one or two of the suggestions in this book, you'll be moved to get up, to get going and to try to create goals for your life.
Sun Wu, also known as Sunzi or Sun Tzu, lived in the State of Qi during the late Spring and Autumn period (770-476 BC).