This is Steven Pressfield’s 19th book. It’s the 10th book of his I’ve read and it’s the 4th book on which I’ve done a Note.
As I’ve said many times, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Steve and his work. We talk about him often (in our +1s, Notes and Creativity 101) because I consider him one of the world’s masters of the creative process. (I also very much enjoyed our inspiring breakfast and lunches in Santa Monica years ago. :)
Speaking of the front cover, Steve’s publishing company always has fantastic, super-minimalistic designs with an iconic image to capture the essence of the book. For example, the icon on the cover of is a flower growing out of a block of concrete. The icon on the cover of Do the Work is a pencil nub. The icon on the cover of is a lunch pail with a coffee thermos. (Those are the other books on which we have Notes, btw.)
The icon for the cover of this book? It’s a pair rugged, well-worn leather work/hiking boots. Perfect.
As with all of his books, this one is written in his inimitable, pithy style. (In fact, as I consulted my dictionary for the precise definition of the word pithy, I realized just how much his style epitomizes that word. Pithy means “concise and forcefully expressive.” <- Exactly.)