Steven Pressfield

Training = Self-training

By Steven Pressfield |

We were talking last week about the writer or artist’s need for training.

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The Willing Embrace of Training

By Steven Pressfield |

We were talking a couple of weeks ago about the artist’s or warrior’s “willing embrace of chaos.”

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In Praise of Mothers

By Steven Pressfield |

We’ve talked often in these posts about the Warrior Mindset as a template for the writer or artist or entrepreneur’s inner world. Treat the struggle as a war. Fight it like a warrior.

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The Willing Embrace of Chaos

By Steven Pressfield |

I gave a talk a few weeks ago at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. The title of the talk was “The Warrior Mindset.”

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The Pain Zone

By Steven Pressfield |

John Naber won four swimming gold medals at the ’76 Olympic Games in Montreal, each in world-record time. He said something in an interview once that sticks with me to this day. A reporter asked Naber, “What’s the difference between a good swimmer and a great swimmer?” Here’s how Naber answered (I’m paraphrasing from memory): The thing about competitive swimming is that the instant you hit the water, you enter the Pain Zone. Your heart is hammering, your lungs are on fire, your muscles are straining to their maximum. It’s hell. The difference between a good swimmer and a great…

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“I wasn’t even operational”

By Steven Pressfield |

Do you know the word “operational?” I didn’t. 

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Sweating Through Your Flight Suit

By Steven Pressfield |

Here is a scene I heard over and over, interviewing Israeli fighter pilots (and I’m sure it’s commonplace in air forces and other combat units all over the world.)

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When panic strikes …

By Steven Pressfield |

Can you stand another Fighter Pilot Wisdom post? Let’s start with another moment from our friend, fighter ace Giora Romm. Flying in the north of Israel on Day Two of the Six Day War, Giora’s Mirage IIIC got hit by an enemy missile. Here’s Giora describing his situation:

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“Just write the damn thing!”

By Steven Pressfield |

Let’s get back to our “fighter pilot wisdom” series.

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Abrahams on the carpet

By Steven Pressfield |

Here’s another “hand over your badge and your gun” moment, but without a badge or a gun. It comes from the movie Chariots of Fire, which won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay in 1981.

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