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The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life

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A revolutionary program for creating anything, from a functional kitchen to a computer program, to a work of art, Robert Fritz demonstrates that any of us has the innate power to create. Discover the steps of creating; the importance of creating what you truly love, how to focus on the creative process to move from where you are to where you want to be, and much more.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 22nd 1989 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1984)
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Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
What I liked:

1. A very simple and most overlooked quality of nature. She will flow where there is least resistance. Good or bad is another story. In the path that offers least resistance she will flow. How liberating!

2. Mr. Fritz argues that everything that we do conventionally to resolve a problem is nothing but band-aid to a bullet wound. It will work temporarily but since the basic foundation is not cognizant of or aligned towards your goal, natural energy will revert to what is easy and
Feb 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-read
This is a tricky challenging read, no doubt about it. The author started out wondering how artists could bring such joy, thought and originality to their arts, but often struggled so much with routine life. One of his discoveries is that more of life should be approached as creation, rather than as problem-solving. The author notes that problem-solving is futile because the focus is put on reducing the effects of a problem rather than creating a new method that may solve the problem. My summary ...more
Kevin Orth
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read more than my fair share of book in the genres of self-help, psychology, personal growth, spiritual insight, etc. This one is absolutely on my short list of one of the absolute best ever. I just finished and I never, ever read books twice. This one I've already decided is so dense and full of useful, practical, applicable, insightful wisdom - I'm going to read it again. ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I think it is possible that he has some good ideas in here about creativity, and changing your environment in order to change your behaviors, but his thinking process seems to be a bit naïve and illogical to me. He seems to blame certain changes in society on how we prioritize our choices, but these changes have existed in history without those effects, and a lot of things he correlates don't really seem related to me. Also, I agree that we often have counter-forces that push against us when we ...more
Ying Ying
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, spiritual
This is one of my favorite books of the year. It feels very empowering to read this book as Robert puts the power back in our hands. We are able to create our own reality and we can transcend our past and any circumstances in life. I've been uplifted and inspired by this read. Definitely worth a revisit. ...more
Laura Jo
Nov 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Bumps off the whole notion of problem solving as a degenerative spiral and energy suck. Solve a problem and what you GET is 'no more problem.' What about what you WANT? Integrates appreciative inquiry into the business of creating what you want in life and work.. Good stuff ...more
Jul 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Brian Johnson
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
“The greatest leaders and statesmen in history have not been problem solvers. They have been builders. They have been creators.”

“When you create, power is not situational. That is to say, your power to create does not come from the circumstances, but from yourself.”

“There’s nothing capricious in nature, and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feels it.”

~ Robert Fritz from The Path of Least Resistance

The theme of Robert Fritz’
Crystal Hammon
Jul 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
There’s nothing I love more than a great self-help book, but this is self-help with a twist that gives the book greater significance. It’s the closest look at creativity, what blocks it and what feeds it, that you may ever read. Although it’s great for creative types or people who just want more out of life, it’s also a practical study for managers and leaders who want to create change in their organizations. Fritz carefully describes the space in which creative people live (read: effective peop ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Top 5 reads ever
Bian Wenbo
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
System theory and evolution
The idea put forward in this book is very good, that is, the idea of ​​solving the problem is transformed into the idea of ​​creation. Taking this as the core, the author begins to explain why this should be done, how to do it, and other extensions. On dry goods, this book is not as good as "Change: Principles of Forming and Solving Problems". However, although the latter is logically clear and concise, the problem is that there is no clear action plan after seeing it,
Mark Mulvey
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The structures that have the most influence on your life are composed of your desires, beliefs, assumptions, aspirations, and objective reality itself. Humans act in accordance with the structures in their lives."

"Creators have a higher ability to tolerate discrepancy than most others. This is because discrepancy is the stock in trade of the creator. When you create, you become a player of forces such as contrasts, opposites, similarities, differences, time, balance, and so on. When you create,
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
With both books and people, I like when they come to the point already. If you can get your point across simply, quickly and accurately, that would be a worthwhile skill to have. Unfortunately this book is missing that skill.

This book is about creativity, and how it can be develop by using natural laws similar to that of physics. Bodies always take the path of least resistance in achieving a task. And supposedly the author has a magic key to finding this path. I was taken in by the very interest
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book on several levels. Firstly, author Fritz writes as a "creative" who thinks that the creative process is a skill that can be learned, and sets about teaching it in (to me) a novel way. The emphasis of the writing is on a change in mindset in how to approach just about anything to which one wants to apply the creative process, including things like determining one's career path, solving a relationship conundrum, or addressing a business problem - or, for that matter, creating a ...more
The concept of this book is quite simple, yet profoundly challenging in that most of us just don't realize how much power and control we have in the creation of our own lives. Fortunately, the author describes in great detail how to acknowledge, address and transcend the perpetual everyday roadblocks that humans experience in trying to become our best selves. This book is a very deep read, but so necessary to experience. It is one that I will find myself revisiting again and again. Highly recomm ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most profound book I have read till now.

I have read so many other books on psychology and all but was never able to get a hold of them as all were reactive-responsive approach. I have this book opens up a new vision in me that I choose to be the predominant creative force in my life.
elizabeth kimmel
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the creatives.
Recommended to elizabeth by: a random pull from a used book store in boulder, co.
A guiding light illuminating some of the deeper questions for my unconventional mindset.
Adrian  Craciun
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have mixed feeling about this book after reading it. Some really deep and thoughtful ideas are combined with some esoteric bullshit. A worthy read if you can filter the crap.
Martin Brochhaus
I liked this one a lot.

The book doesn't really promise to be anything about Systems Thinking, but on my quest to read 5 books about Systems Thinking, this one somehow made it into my list.

I think it helped me greatly to have read three other books about the topic, first.

The book itself is a strange beast. On the one hand, the language is very clear and simple. The examples are tangible. There are some very very simplistic systems diagrams here and there to underline a point. Nothing fancy. But
Farhan Shoffi
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
A good book to read but of course, in every book, there is on and off.

My advice for people who want to read this book :
1) Try to not to relate the content with the title ‘path of least resistance’.
2) The content and ideas in this book doesn’t create path of least resistance but ‘feel’ your path doesn’t have so much resistance.
3) The content is a matter of psychology but not explained in Science.
4) A lot of chapters inside this book can make your life easier. Like the problem solving one. Techni
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The book has really really good ideas and introduces an inspirational approach to living your life.
I thought, however, that the the fundamental idea is awfully diluted in lengthy reflections on unimportant and unrelated concepts. On several occasions I felt the author is losing direction and I had to skip forward. Some parts are contradictory, too simplified and confusing.
All in all, a good book, I enjoyed and would recommend it for the sake of jumping out of your default setup and look at thi
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I heard of this book through another book that I am reading for my summer professional development, TED (The Empowerment Dynamic).

This is a worthwhile read for just about everyone. It's not your typical self-help book. The discussion about how most people operate in a reactive-responsive mode (rather than the creative mode the author promotes in the book) is very enlightening. The book got a little long-winded towards the end, and some of the examples might be considered dated by some, but overa
Erica Eastman
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is a very dry and boring read and is just not well written overall. It's also pretty out of date, but I guess interesting to read about when personal computers were just being invented. If the book was better written and arranged, it might be better, the content was somewhat helpful but it was a slog to get through. I quit most books that don't flow well and peak my interest, but I kept at this hoping to get some more insight into the creative process. Overall, I got a few pointers but ...more
Sarah Rigg
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I remember zero about this book 10 years later, so take from that what you will.

I wrote a little blurb about it back in 2008 and said: I'm not sure I buy the philosophy 100 percent, but it did have several points that really resonated with me. He talks about reacting out of fear of what you don't want to happen vs. acting to create what you do want. He talks about how in order to create, you have to really know what you want to create AND you have to fearlessly and honestly assess the current re
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: wisdom
Maybe this is not a book I was looking for. I typically don’t enjoy self-help book very much, because I always feel it’s very obvious, but difficult to execute. For this book, it’s about the mentality approaching everything in life. Mostly people treat everything as a problem and wants to solve it, but the author argues one should set a creative structure and approach everything as a creation. Then he breaks down the process of creation, and analyzes each step.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I appreciated the general idea within the book about the power of creativity and ideas in an individual's life, as well as biblical references, but felt the book could be structured better. It also remained unclear to me what the process was for taking on this philosophy, and some concepts were over explained, taking pages or even chapters when a few sentences would have sufficed. ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is most interesting in the world
Gearóid O'Connor
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent and thought provoking book.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Definitely have to re-read!
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