Saturday, February 16, 2013

The origins of our internal fight and fire

February 2013 Book Review

The Warrior Ethos

Steven Pressfield

If you’re interested in a short read on the origins of the warrior mentality, this is the book.  I like Pressfield’s writing style and he keeps his subject matters simply.  He also incorporates a lot of research in the books I’ve read (this one, The War of Art and Do The Work).  The idea of sacrifice for a greater cause can seem foreign to some and Pressfield does a great job of succinctly defining a true warrior's mindset.
Here are a few of the better passages from the book:
“We all fight wars – in our work, within our families and abroad in the wider world.”
“The payoff for a life of adversity is freedom.”
“As fighting men and women, we have been motivated, commanded and validated by others.  Now we school ourselves in self-motivation, self-command, self-validation.”
The Fightin' Analyst Book Rating:
out of five stars