Steven Pressfield

Creating our own Wilderness

By Steven Pressfield |

My friend Charlie is training now for sea-kayaking solo around Ireland. The passage will take weeks. Charlie will paddle 10-15 hours a day, camp ashore each night, then set off again the next morning. This will be no modest or risk-free enterprise. Seas, even in summer, can be monstrous off the rugged Irish coast. As Charlie himself admits, you have to be a little nuts to conceive of, and then live out, this kind of wild-and-woolly adventure. 

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Wilderness = Metaphor

By Steven Pressfield |

The psychic geography of a wilderness passage goes something like this:

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The Wilderness Story is all stories

By Steven Pressfield |

You and I may think, in the depths of our Wilderness Passage, that the ordeal we’re undergoing is unique. And it is, in the sense that our passage is ours alone; no one else has ever, or will ever, go through the same initiation.

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The Wilderness Passage is Not Optional

By Steven Pressfield |

You can catch the ride early or catch it late. But, like it or not, you were born with your ticket. Sooner or later, the conductor will call, “All Aboard!” and the train—with you on it—will pull out of the station.

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SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES

By Steven Pressfield |

We were supposed to get 500 hardbacks of my new book, GOVT CHEESE: A Memoir, on 12/1/22 to sign and ship to readers who had preordered. Guess what? The books are sitting on a truck in Simi Valley, California today, 1/4/23.

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Wilderness in a Corner Office

By Steven Pressfield |

You can have a great career, a loving spouse and family, the respect and envy of all who know you … and still be in the Wilderness.

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Wilderness = Resistance

By Steven Pressfield |

What are we running from when we find ourselves in the Wilderness?

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The Wilderness Passage is Enacted in a Benighted State

By Steven Pressfield |

We on our wilderness passage are blind. We’re acting out. We’re clueless.

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Navigating without the stars

By Steven Pressfield |

If you’ve ever studied land or celestial navigation, you know that both systems are based on reference points. From our frigate HMS Surprise off the coast of Patagonia, if we take a compass bearing on that headland off Rio Gallegos and another on the summit of Cerro Norte and scribe them both on a nautical chart, where the lines intersect is our position.

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The Shadow in the Wilderness

By Steven Pressfield |

Last week we talked about our passage “through the wilderness” being imbued with meaning, i.e. not random, not absurd, not shameful, not meaningless.

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