The Artist's Journey

The Artist's Journey

By: Steven Pressfield


"Wherever you are, whatever you've been called to make... You need to read this book."

Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of The Ego is the Enemy


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"The Artist’s Journey [is] an essential compass, road map and kick in the pants."

—Seth Godin, best-selling author and entrepreneur

"If you have read [The War of Art], then take the advanced course by reading The Artist's Journey. You'll be glad you did, and so will all the people who benefit from the fact that you have conquered Resistance, done your work, and given your gift to the world."

"The Artist's Journey builds upon The War of Art and its two sequels—Do the Work and Turning Pro. One of the most eye-opening insights in the new book is the fact that the hero's journey described by Joseph Campbell is not a culmination, but rather the starting point for the artist's journey. The struggles of the former clarify our purpose and give us the strength and the courage we need to pursue the latter. Steve says: 'The artist's journey is the process of self-discovery that follows [the hero's journey]. It will last as long as we are alive, and maybe longer.'"

—Joe Tye, "America's Values Coach"

About The Artist's Journey

I have a theory about the Hero's Journey. We all have one. We have many, in fact. But our primary hero's journey is the passage we live out, in real life, before we find our calling. The hero's journey ends when, like Odysseus, we return home to Ithaca, to the place from which we started.

What then?

The passage that comes next is the Artist's Journey.

On our artist's journey, we move past Resistance and past self-sabotage. We discover our true selves and our authentic calling, and we produce the works we were born to create.

You are an artist too -- whether you realize it or not, whether you like it or not -- and you have an artist's journey. Will you live it out? Will you follow your Muse and do the work you were born to do?

Ready or not, you are called.