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.