The Art of Doing Remarkable Things: a Conversation with Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield

  • Why is it so hard to pursue our dreams, and get started on the creative challenges that mean so much to us?
  • How can we overcome our inner Resistance to doing the things that matter?
  • What rewards can we expect from persevering in the face of difficulties?
  • What are the creative opportunities — and pitfalls — of social media and digital publishing?

These are some of the questions I put to bestselling author Steven Pressfield in this fascinating audio seminar about the creative process and the life lessons he’s learned.

In the course of our hour-long conversation, Steve was extremely generous with his ideas, and unflinchingly candid about some of mistakes he has made on his own journey, and what he has learned from them. He’s a terrific raconteur, using stories about his own experiences and drawing analogies with the lives and works of other creators. And the lessons he draws from them are full of hard-won wisdom.

If you care about your work, and are trying to achieve something remarkable, this is an interview you want to download and listen to again and again.

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About the Author: Mark McGuinness is a Coach for Artists, Creatives and Entrepreneurs. For a free 25-week guide to success as a creative professional, sign up for Mark’s course The Creative Pathfinder.

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Responses to this Post


  1. Hi Mark, Thanks for sharing the priceless conversation on being a creative rock-star, would look forward to the one with Jason Fried as well as he has some real practical advice on doing great stuff.

    Thanks again for sharing all the value.

  2. duckpaddling says:

    Thanks for the interview, Mark. Look what you started!

    I listened to the interview then followed the trail to Steven Pressfield’s website and dowloaded the mp3 file of his book ‘The War of Art’.

    Best money I’ve spent for years – one of those life-changing AHA! moments. Steven helped me realise the disguises of resistance (one was an absolute honker – as if I’d been walking around the base of a massive building but not seeing it) and actually got me working, solving dilemmas ranging from what to do, where to focus and how to get things done.

    I know it’s still an up and down journey, with inevitable setbacks, but that’s OK – they’re things you can sort out. There’s nothing you can do with a blank page.

    Steven hoped to give some ‘starch and inspiration’ – he did that and so much more.

  3. What a gift, Mark!

    Thank you so much for bringing Steven “closer” to us.

    You made my day gentlemen!

    Keep on marching warriors;)

    Greetings from Slovakia

  4. Thanks guys, glad you found it a valuable conversation, I know I did.

  5. What a wonderfully thought-provoking interview. I, for one, am inspired.

    Thank you,

  6. Ruth Crone says:

    Thank you so much Mark and Steve – very helpful.

    This amateur needs to go pro!

  7. Thanks Mark! Awesome conversations! I received it when I needed it the most! I don’t know you – but just this interview speaks that your mission on earth is going very well!