Some of you may remember that I got all excited about Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art and covered it in my podcast. After I finished the recording, I emailed Steven to ask if he would be willing to do an interview with me about the concepts in the book, namely how entrepreneurs can overcome creative blocks.
After an initial yes, he had to decline, since his schedule got packed promoting a new book.
I was a bit disappointed since after reading the book I was a major groupie, but certainly understood his decision.
Fast forward a year or so and my good friend Matthew Scott casually mentioned that he snagged an interview with Steven for his coaching program interview series, Men at Pause.
My first reaction was very mature: DAMN YOU MATTHEW!
I then realized I could make him feel guilty enough to share it with my readers for free. Which he kindly did. I will never pass up the opportunity to be manipulative when it will serve my readers. 🙂
I love the interview for a number of reasons:
- Matthew and Steven connect on their shared military background and love of history. This is so far from my personal experience (peace-loving granola head liberal arts major), but it is really fascinating to hear the excitement in their voices as they swap stories. Tell me where else you will learn about throwing up in your skydiving suit. Trust me, nowhere.
- It is focused particularly on the struggles of corporate employees to entrepreneurs. This is a target market Matthew and I share (he focuses on men in transition), so it is very applicable to all of you
- In addition to being an amazing writer, Steven Pressfield is a kind and humble person. You can hear it in the tone of his voice. That really impresses me. (my buddy Colleen who writes Communicatrix seconds the emotion: when she wrote a post mentioning The War of Art, he commented on her blog. Made her day, as it would mine!)
Listen in, and please share your thoughts.
Matthew, thanks so much for your generosity. I publicly declare I will not manipulate you into giving my readers something free for at least one year. After that, all bets are off.