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“Have you ever been to a workshop? These boondoggles are colleges of Resistance. They ought to give out Ph.D.’ s in Resistance. What better way of avoiding work than going to a workshop?”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
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“What counted was that I had, after years of running from it, actually sat down and done my work.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
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“Have you seen interviews with the young John Lennon or Bob Dylan, when the reporter tries to ask about their personal selves? The boys deflect these queries with withering sarcasm. Why? Because Lennon and Dylan know that the part of them that writes the songs is not “them,” not the personal self that is of such surpassing fascination to their boneheaded interrogators.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
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“Resistance is directly proportional to love. If you’re feeling massive Resistance, the good news is, it means there’s tremendous love there too. If you didn’t love the project that is terrifying you, you wouldn’t feel anything. The opposite of love isn’t hate; it’s indifference.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
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“Have you ever watched Inside the Actors Studio? The host, James Lipton, invariably asks his guests, “What factors make you decide to take a particular role?” The actor always answers: “Because I’m afraid of it.””

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
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“Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”

— The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
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