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The Lunch Pail Manifesto

A few quick thoughts on creative productivity from Steven Pressfield.

A few years ago, a mysterious package arrived at my office doorstep. Inside was a lunch pail containing a handful of new books by Steven Pressfield – one of my favorite authors – along with a nice note. In addition, there were two copies of something called “The Lunch Pail Manifesto“. It was a creed declaring the ethic of the workaday artist and a challenge to approach every single day as an opportunity to apply your craft.

I recently came across the lunch pail while cleaning my office, and the manifesto now has a prominent place on my office whiteboard. Take a few moments to read it through and consider how it applies to your life and work. (I was especially struck by #4 and #9.)

Any of them resonate with you? Comment below, and I’ll choose one commenter to send the extra copy of the manifesto to.

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Last modified: December 1, 2022

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