Steven Pressfield Quotes

Steven Pressfield (born September 1943) is an American author, of historical fiction and non-fiction, and screenplays.

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Playing for money, or adopting the attitude of one who plays for money, lowers the fever.

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Resistance by definition is self-sabotage.

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The professional respects his craft. He does not consider himself superior to it. He recognizes the contributions of those who have gone before him. He apprentices himself to them.

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Contempt for failure is our cardinal virtue.

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Nothing is as empowering as real-world validation, even if it's for failure.

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Resistance's goal is not to wound or disable. Resistance aims to kill

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The athlete knows the day will never come when he wakes up pain-free. He has to play hurt.

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To feel ambition and to act upon it is to embrace the unique calling of our souls.

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Our greatest battle is to become ourselves, in the face of adversity.

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The professional conducts his business in the real world. Adversity, injustice, bad hops and rotten calls, even good breaks and lucky bounces all comprise the ground over which the campaign must be waged. The field is level, the professional understands, only in heaven.

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As all born teachers, he was primarily a student.

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Research can become Resistance. We want to work, not prepare to work.

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Don't prepare, do. Don't let Resistance sucker you into wasting months on background, foundation, planning. All that can come later.

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Don't prepare. Begin. Our enemy is not lack of preparation. The enemy is resistance, our chattering brain producing excuses. Start before you are ready.

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Its [Resistance] aim is to shove us away, distract us from doing our work.

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