The Path of Least Resistance

Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life
by Robert Fritz | Ballantine Books © 1989 · 320 pages

Robert Fritz tells us that our souls will not invest themselves in a compromise and then lays out the way for us to rock it. In this Note, we'll take a peek at what keeps us stuck (or, as he says, "oscillating" between our ideals and our limiting beliefs that we can’t attain 'em), and how to create healthy tension where we know what we want and we consistently take baby steps in the right direction in line with our deepest commitments.

“The greatest leaders and statesmen in history have not been problem solvers. They have been builders. They have been creators.” ~ Robert Fritz from The Path of Least Resistance

The theme of Robert Fritz’ brilliant book, The Path of Least Resistance can be summed up in three words: “Structure determines behavior.”

Like you, before reading the book I had no idea what the heck that meant. Nor did I have any idea what “structural conflict” vs. “structural tension” was all about—let alone why creating structural tension is the core attribute of creative genius.

As you gain an understanding of how structure determines behavior, you’ll also gain a sense for why Fritz believes affirmations and willpower and all that other “positive thinking” stuff will never give you sustainable creative powers.

For that? We need a whole new structure.

So, let’s get building!!

(Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s hit on some other key components of the creator’s success, shall we?)

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About the author


Robert Fritz

Accomplished composer, filmmaker, and writer, and he is also an organizational consultant for some of the largest companies in the world.