Fighting “The Resistance”

The War of Art has inspired people around the world to defeat “Resistance”; to recognize and knock down dream-blocking barriers and to silence the naysayers within us. Resistance kicks everyone’s butt and it’s trying to kick mine.

To make it worse, all creative types experience “resistance” from not only the inside, but from outside critics.

If you are looking for affirmation from “the group,” then outside critics sing LOUD.

If you ever want to know how your values affect your life, touch base with the amazing Mitch Axelrod. Mitch doesn’t talk about it a lot, but he is a master of Axiometrics and he recently gave some powerful insights to members of my Impact Platinum Mastermind. If you want to be really clear on the ways you make decisions or what your motivations are Mitch Axelrod can definitely help.

According to my values profile, I pay a lot of attention to what the group says.

The very real question is, “Should You?”

Of course, you want the thing you created to be loved by “everyone.”

And equally true, if you create anything, you are doomed to learn that nothing is liked by “everyone.”

The esteemed film critic, Roger Ebert recently wrote of “Mr. Church”:

One can only speculate why Eddie Murphy would choose to end his four-year hiatus from the big screen with the extremely misguided interracial drama “Mr. Church.” If this were an attempt to secure a second Oscar nomination after his well-deserved one for “Dreamgirls,” he’s barking up the right tree. The Academy loves its servile Black people, and “Mr. Church” is directed by Bruce Beresford, who seems to be addicted to this kind of character. After helming this, an episode of “Roots” and Best Picture-winner “Driving Miss Daisy,” Beresford should be forced to join “Subservient Cinematic Negroes Anonymous” and work through their 12-step program. Until then, viewers must yet again contend with a movie where a White character gushes about what Noble Negritude has done for them.

Of course, Roger’s “Most Hated” movies include “The Usual Suspects” and “The Village” both of which I secretly liked.

Personally, I really liked “Mr. Church.”

I didn’t hate that it was told from a white woman’s perspective. (It was based on a true story and it was a white woman’s perspective.)  I didn’t hate that Mr. Church was black, talented or flawed.

Actually, I didn’t think much about race when I watched the movie.  I mostly thought about people helping people throughout life and about it flowing both ways.  I didn’t see gushing, I saw love.

But, I could have seen those perspectives.  In fact, after reading Roger’s critique, it’s hard not to.

It’s in our personal framing.

Why can’t people just see the world as we do?

Which takes me back to your latest creative effort.

Nobody sees your work the way you do.

They don’t see the complexities you see.  In fact, they probably only catch two or three hints about what you are trying to say.

That’s the way the mind works.  We can only remember about three things at a time.

So who is to say what is good or bad?

All we can do is tell the truth.

I’d live to encourage you to try to tell your story clearly and hope that someone sees something in what you had to say to make the world if not better, at least better understood.

Oh … and that resistance.

When something someone says stops you from creating what you want to create, it’s not productive.

Nothing good comes from being inactive.

Weigh the wisdom of the critic and look at their perspective while you open yours.

But after that …

Do something.  That’s the only cure for the “resistance”

All the best,


Ken McArthur

Best-Selling Author and Producer
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About Ken McArthur

Ken challenges us to realize we ALL have an impact – whether we want to or not – on thousands of people who we touch in our day-to-day lives by demonstrating that simple things make a HUGE difference. The popular host of a series of live events that bring together top-level marketers, entrepreneurs, business owners, corporations and non-profit organizations to create multi-million dollar joint venture relationships – he creates incredible, intense impact for product launches and multi-million dollar profits in surprisingly short timeframes. Regularly asked to speak at leading marketing events, he has managed product launches ranked in the top 400 sites on the Internet. Ken McArthur is also the creator of, a pioneering affiliate program search engine and directory system and the founder of the MBS Internet Research Center, which conducted the world’s largest survey ever attempted on the subject of creating and launching successful information products. Not satisfied to concentrate entirely on large organizations, Ken also works with select individuals to help them create a decent living utilizing the power of the Internet. Ken was the official mentor for Sterling Valentine as he took his launch from ZERO to over $100,000 in less than 8 days. Ken and Sterling documented the process as a “proof of concept” for Info Product Blueprint a massive home study course that is the “bible” of info product creation. Ken offers top-level coaching and mentoring programs designed to help individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations reach masses of people using the techniques, tactics strategies and systems that he has developed specifically to help people spread their ideas, products and services around the globe.

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