1 The Warrior Archetype

Episode One: Introducing The Warrior Archetype

Today begins a new video series. I’ll be spending the next several months talking about what I call The Warrior Archetype. This series will look at the idea of what a warrior is in ancient times and modern times; the internal battle and the external battle; the warrior in each of us. Hope you’ll join me. Looking forward to comments and new conversations.

Subscribe here for the full series, or watch previous episodes here

Subscribe here for the full series, or watch previous episodes here


  1. Madalena on August 17, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    I forgot who said: “We don’t see things as they are – but as who we are”.
    So, how do we perceive the archetype warrior? Do you see a true warrior as a hero governed by a spiritual force that battles for love, righteousness and something that is worth dying for? Is the warrior’s journey and emotional experience more important than the battle? Or is the transition of the way of the warrior, from start to final outcome more important than the battle itself?

    So, what characteristic does a warrior have? And does their reason to endure at whatever cost, make them hero’s whatever the outcome?

  2. Madalena on August 17, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Rule 1: Never do your VAT returns after a bottle of Shiraz;
    Rule 2: Don’t be distracted – and wonder to your favourite author’s forum;
    Rule 3: Learn some self control, and refrain on posting on ‘said’ blog;
    If that fails, acknowledge that you will need to fight off that cringing feeling the next day because you ignored all ‘said’ rules.

    I apologize. This is the only forum that resonates. It’s a place where you can find the inspiration from Steve, and all the advice from writers who comment that actually have something worthwhile to offer. In a world where everyone is selling but there’s nothing I want worth buying – I can find a measure of creativity here.
    True voices expressing themselves without fear, or for audience approval, is a rare commodity these days. And if you want to know what a true warrior looks like – find yourself a mirror.

    Just so you know…Scarily enough, I am classed as sane. I have a certificate written in red crayon adorned with a rainbow that proves it!

    • Sheryl on August 20, 2020 at 4:49 am

      So funny, Madelena, I liked the first post better. Don’t stress. You are among friends. Creative people, trying to make our own path. We’re all hacking through the underbrush together. You made a great post better by musing with us about it. Encouraging us to consider what our take was. Thanks for being here. I look forward to your thoughts on future episodes.

  3. Yvonne on August 28, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    I’m very much looking forward to this series — I think it will be exactly what I need. Thank you for this Steve!

  4. monica on September 3, 2020 at 6:11 am

    amazing series.. i just loved it..

  5. Anonymous on September 8, 2020 at 6:18 am

    Excited about this series and I also love hearing the birds in the background!

  6. Becky Blanton on October 21, 2020 at 8:36 am

    The “warrior” mindset is one of “Us versus Them.” It’s a fighting, defensive stance against something or someone. It’s about a battle and the mental mindset is one at odds and hyper-vigilance. Is that the best mindset for you? It works for some, but not others. Police who have a “warrior mindset” see their world as “Us (police) against Them (community).” A Guardian mindset is better for them. Yet, for our military, a warrior mindset is better. It keeps them alive.

    Are there more than Warrior and Guardian mindsets available? Of course. They’re archetypes and there are many – wise man/wise woman, healer, teacher…maybe it’s not about one specific mindset all the time, but about the traits or characteristics of that mindset. A warrior is:

    Protective. and so on.

    Rather than focusing on the “fighting” – as in “War on Drugs,” or “War on mental health,” or “War on ____” examine what qualities a warrior has rather than search out that endorphin rush from anger, or the imagery of battle. The reason OLD generals dictate battle strategy and young men fight that strategy is that war is STRATEGIC and fighting and dying is EMOTIONAL.

    “Strategy is the art of the conduct of war, tactics the art of fighting.”

    Be an OLD, wise warrior, not a young, dumb one.

    • Mick O' Lally on December 30, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      well done…

  7. Brent Cantrell on November 13, 2020 at 2:08 am

    If the muse is a mysterious lady of night, resistence is the ogre that has her chained to a shack in the swamp. You must rescue her every time you sit down to write.
    Steven, you changed my life. Thanks.

    • Rich Newman on December 13, 2020 at 1:07 am

      Thank you for these videos I have only just stumbled across.
      Gates of Fire has been my favourite book since reading it over 20 years ago while serving in the military and I have literally just finished War of Art.
      Kind regards Rich Newman

  8. Marcus on December 8, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Mr. Pressfield,

    I just wondered into your camp. I have a battle to fight that just became escalated unexpectedly. I look forward to following your leadership into the fray.

  9. Nate Zinsser on December 16, 2020 at 8:29 am


    I have exhaustively read and re-read BOTH Gates of Fire and War of Art. Both have contributed imensely to my development. When can I get you backat West Point?

    Dr Nate Zinsser

  10. Susanne Dejanovich on December 17, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Steven Pressfield is brilliant. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and encouragement to man. Blessings. It is also very encouraging to read other people’s “sane” comments.

  11. Jim Gant on February 8, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    From an unknown Zen master:

    The teacher and the taught create the teaching.

    I am going to walk this path one more time. Just for fun.

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to this ‘Buffalo Hunt’…


    What can one man do?

    • Brian Nelson on February 8, 2021 at 4:11 pm

      I’m with you Jim. This video series is powerful, but I suspect my learning was surface this first time through.

      We step into the same river at different times–the river is different as are we. Love the Zen quote. I’ve always learned as much from my fellow students as I have any instructor–and the relationships built along the way are the true gold. I rarely remember what the curriculum was, but my friendships have sustained me much better than MDMP, Strategy, or math for that matter.

      What can one man do? That is probably the best question we need to ask ourselves daily. The book that immediately popped to mind was, “The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay. If you haven’t read it, it is a must read. I re-read Courtenay as frequently as Steven Pressfield. Their truths require continual reminders for me.

  12. Jim Gant on February 8, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    I have not. But I will. I know one thing for sure. It is not even close. What has came out of the wars for me as individual? The wonderful relationships I made. Sometimes, I can’t really remember what all the fighting was about. But I remember those I fought alongside and against – as well as – the ones we left behind to deal with life. I also think about the ones who were not involved in the war other than the fact it was on their doorstep. So many people in Iraq and Afghanistan just wanted peace. Just wanted to be able to do what everyone else in the entire world wants to do. Live.
    Let’s roll.

  13. Raymond on May 9, 2021 at 6:43 am

    This is so inspirational and motivational especially for the women. Women has been doing a great job besides the men did in the mainstream society. I have been using this site for having a great time during Internet browsing. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

  14. Mike James on January 30, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    I am starting out the series, wish me good luck.

  15. Jackie Wong on February 8, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Just finished the series. Great stuff
    Thought that the perfect combination of Warrior and King is Jesus Christ.
    When he saw injustice he fought against it calling out the hypocrisy of the Jewish leaders to the point that they have him executed.
    When he saw the people being stolen from in the Temple he took up arms (fashioned a whip from cords) and chased out the crooked money changers
    When teachingon personal vengeance he taught “turn the other cheek”
    but when defending others he taught “sell your coat and buy a sword”
    but warned “that those who live by the sword will die by the sword”
    And who ultimately sacrificed himself for the betterment of all.
    And who has had more effect on the history of the world than any other historical figure who has ever lived.

    The goal of the Warrior and King is the protection and betterment of the whole- a good world
    But it won’t be a good world until it’s GOD’s world

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