"Just Do It" philosophy came from similar experiences. It's like when I heard another Marine telling a woman (friend) who was talking about how early their group was meeting for breakfast, "Quit yer whinin' and just suck it up...Ma'am".
Combat in the arts was a wild concept for me, until I read and understood the depth of this book. Unlike "The Authentic Swing", this book DOES have some very specific how-to's, but again, they are not just rock-hard instructions. They're couched in terms that allow the reader to not only have a checklist, but to understand why those things are so critical, and through understanding, make them part of their own core ethos. From what I read here, Steven's own experiences that lead to his core beliefs are not just from the Marines, but from the battlefields of commercial writing, artistic creation...and most of all, from the battles to overcome his own internal Resistance. You really have to read this one...