Imperfectionist Books Reflections

Are You in Your Territory?

What do you do for work? How do you spend your free time? What do you buy with your money?

Would you do those things if you were the last person on earth?

In his book, The War of Art, Steven Pressfield describes the difference between territorial and a hierarchical orientations.

A hierarchical orientation is the default setting for most people. You put yourself in a pecking order. You compete against others. You measure your happiness and act based on how people in your order will treat you. “You act for others, dress for others, speak for others, think for others.”

A territorial orientation is more difficult to achieve. You have to remove yourself from the pecking order. It means that you have to act for yourself and speak for yourself independent of what people may think of your actions.

territory pressfield

Is what you’re doing sustaining you or wearing you out? Would you do it even if no one else knew? In other words, are you in your territory?

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