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The Authentic Swing by Steven Pressfield

The Authentic Swing

I have just finished reading the brand new book by Steven Pressfield. Not long ago, I wrote reviews of two of his other books; The War of Art and Turning Pro. I really enjoy how Steven Pressfield writes, and all of his books are books I still think about more or less every single day. When I struggle to work, I think about the resistance, and it makes me turn to a different mindset.

The Authentic Swing is a book about his first published novel, the famous The Legend of Bagger Vance. The book turned into a movie starring Will Smith, Matt Damon, and Charlize Theron. Robert Redford was the director.

It’s a book about how he wrote the novel, and how he got it published. Steven Pressfield had been writing for many years, The Legend of Bagger Vance was not his first shot at success publishing a book. And, that’s the really interesting part of The Authentic Swing. I haven’t read The Legend of Bagger Vance, and I haven’t watched the movie. I know that it’s about golf, that’s about it. Well, reading The Authentic Swing, I know a bit more about the novel, but not that much.

The Authentic Swing is a book about never giving up. And, The Authentic Swing is a book about understanding that you are unique. I don’t know much about golf, but it’s very interesting how easy it was to understand that The Authentic Swing is a metaphor, for not trying to copy other writers. Every single golfer has their authentic swing.

The book has a lot of advice for me as a writer and for me as an entrepreneur. Not only do I need to keep going, but I shouldn’t be afraid of failure and I shouldn’t be afraid of success. I just need to understand what I want, and make it happen.

I highly recommend The Authentic Swing. It’s the first book about golf I have ever read, and I was a bit skeptical at first, because I wasn’t sure what to expect. Steven Pressfield uses golf in a fascinating way to demonstrate, not only how and why he wrote The Legend of Bagger Vance, but how he finally had success, doing what he is passionate about.

11 responses to “The Authentic Swing by Steven Pressfield”

  1. Angie M Jordan says:

    I read Turning Pro and I loved it! This one sounds like a good one too I love finding new reads! Thanks for the recommendation

  2. Carolyn says:

    Hi Jens, Did the book make you want to read Bagger Vance? I never read the book though the movie was quite famous here because of Will Smith. I need to read Turning Pro!

    • Yes, I want to read Bagger Vance, and I want to watch the movie. I have heard of the movie, but I haven’t watched it yet. Now, reading about how Steven Pressfield wrote the book and created the story, I really want to see/read the result.

  3. Adrienne says:

    I’ve never seen the movie either Jens or read the book. I don’t have a lot of time anymore to watch movies or read for pleasure. It’s all about business and because I do love what I do it’s never a pain you know.

    This sounds like a great book for anyone who wants to write a book or need to know the process perhaps. I do know you enjoy reading so thanks for sharing what this one is all about. So now I know. 😉


    • I still watch a lot of movies and TV shows, and that’s mostly because that’s how I relax and at the same time, it’s how I get more energy. I use many of the things I see as part of my storytelling and how I learn about marketing and how to build relationships. Like you said, when you love what you do, it’s never a pain. Many people are afraid of doing what they should be doing. Mostly, because they want to be sure that they’ll earn enough money or that they fear the unknown. And, that’s also what this book is about. But, mostly, that’s what Turning Pro and The War of Art is about. All three books are awesome.

  4. Bilal Malik says:

    It means that it will be awesome to read for me because i love to learn about motivational and inspirational things. I do agree what these advices are very useful for bloggers. I don’t know about others but as far as my experience concerend, we fail a lot of time in blogging, but we shouldn’t give up. Mistakes are failures are the part of life. We should learn from our mistakes. The past is just that, past.

    Will let you know more after reading this book .. Thanks

  5. Fatima says:

    Thanks for sharing the review on this lovely piece of writing about how one should follow their passions. It takes a lot on encouragement and inspiration to do be able to do so.

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