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Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way Paperback – March 13, 2015
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Product Description: Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don't know where to start?
The answer is Do the Work, a manifesto by bestselling author Steven Pressfield, that will show you that it’s not about better ideas, it’s about actually doing the work.
Do the Work is a weapon against Resistance – a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door.
“There is an enemy. There is an intelligent, active, malign force working against us. Step one is to recognize this. This recognition alone is enormously powerful. It saved my life, and it will save yours.”
Available in both a 5-pack and 48-pack for you to share, as well as a special collectible edition, Do the Work may be just what you need to get out of your own way.
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Robert T. Kiyosaki Reviews Do the Work
Robert T. Kiyosaki is an investor, entrepreneur, and educator whose perspectives on money and investing fly in the face of conventional wisdom. His book, Rich Dad Poor Dad, ranks as the longest-running bestseller on all four of the lists that report to Publisher's Weekly--the New York Times, Business Week, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today--and was named "USA Today's #1 Money Book" two years in a row. Read his review of Steven Pressfield's Do the Work:
Once again another brilliant book from Steven. Do the Work gives you step-by-step instructions on how to overcome and conquer Resistance--the biggest enemy of them all. The gloves come off! Do the Work explains who and what your allies are and how to embrace and utilize them in your creative life or in your day-to-day situations. The points and steps in this book makes it possible for anyone to go and achieve what they truly are striving for--may it be writing a book, a play, or starting a new business. A must read for anyone who wants to get ahead and out of their own way. Steven has done it again. --Robert T. Kiyosaki
A Q&A with Steven Pressfield
Question: What is the distinction between Do the Work and War of Art, the book where you first introduced Resistance? Does Do the Work take it a step further?
Steven Pressfield: Do the Work is structured to take the reader from A to Z. If the reader has a project they want to start or complete, such as a new business they want to open or a book they want to write, Do the Work is designed to take them from starting to shipping to hitting all the predictable resistance points along the way. I know you’re familiar with these moments; The beginning, the middle, and all the moments in between just before you ship and then just after you ship. Do the Work guides you from the start of the project and takes you all the way through.
It’s about getting off your behind and starting something. And Seth Godin writes about this, that once you start, you have to finish; you don’t get off the hook half way through. I recently got an email from a guy who said, "Help. I’m stuck." He was in a class and he had to write a screenplay and he was a quarter of the way through. Normally I would cheer him on, but just for fun, I gave him a little program to do; I put on my instructor voice and said, “Do this, do that, do this, do that.” It worked because right away he got over a couple speed bumps and took it all the way to the finish line. He loved it! I’d always been too shy to do that before, but I tried the assertive tone of voice and it really worked--he responded really well to it. So I thought, let me try that tone of voice in Do the Work.
Question: What did you tell him to do?
Steven Pressfield: One of the first things I told him to do was to banish the self-censor. I could tell he was frozen, worrying, "Is this going to be good? Is this going to be perfect? So I told him, "Take the next five days and write for two hours everyday. I don’t care what else is in your life--banish it. When you write for those two hours, start on minute one and don’t think for one second all the way through until minute 120. Just write, don’t self censor. Don’t do anything." That really seemed to get him moving and gave him permission to not be paralyzed with seeking perfection.Continue reading our interview with Steven Pressfield
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About the Author
Steven Pressfield is the bestselling author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire and The War of Art. The latter book spawned Do the Work, as readers kept asking, "What is this terrible thing called Resistance -- and how can I overcome it?" Mr. Pressfield (who rarely calls himself "Mr. Pressfield") will release his next novel The Profession, in June. He is a graduate of Duke University and an honorary citizen of the city of Sparta in Greece. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book had a profound impact on the me. I feel like my past failures were explained. I feel like my past successes were explained. I feel like, for the first time, I truly understand why I quit nearly everything I start and why I can feel invincible in my endeavors one day and completely defeated the next - and I feel equipped to do it differently now.
It is going to sound fake but it isn't -
since reading this book:
I have stuck to my diet
I have taken on some major clients/projects at work
I have watched a LOT less TV and have determined to do what it takes to get my work done for the day
I have been able to defeat the dragon more consistently than ever before.
I am SO glad I read this book. SO glad. This book ranks up with a handful of books that I have read in my life as LIFECHANGERS. This one has been a catalyst for me. You may not have the same experience - but I honestly want to tell everyone I know - Read this book. And then read it again. I am going to have my 17yo read this book over the summer even thought it has some profanity which I am not thrilled with. If it didn't have it - I would have my 11 year old read it as well. Instead, I will just teach him the concepts within the book. They are going to help me in my business this summer and I want them to learn these principles and to master the ability to DO THE WORK.
Good book. Quick read. For when need a shot of some motivation, some help from outside your own world, I recommend this.
Aside from being a great storyteller, Pressfield has written several exceptional books on working in the creative arena. His The War of Art is a classic book on going to war with the most terrifying enemy, the blank page or canvass. He talks a lot about the discipline of creativity How to live the life you are seeking
work on my new projects.
Here are three of my favorite brief passages that I have liberated from the book.
"The three dumbest guys I can think of:
Charles Lindbergh, Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill.
Why? Because any smart person who understood
how impossibly arduous were the tasks they had
set themselves would have pulled the plug
before he even began."
"Ignorance and arrogance are the artist's
and entrepreneur's indispensable allies.
She must be clueless enough to have no
idea how difficult her enterprise is going
to be -- and cocky enough to believe she
can pull it off anyway."
"A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable,
nor does the genius or the madman. It's only
you and I, with our big brains and our tiny
hearts, who doubt and hesistate [and don't even begin]."
In short, this book is metaphysical, inspirational, and motivational. Of course, like most books of this nature, it will help those who least need the advice in it. At the same time, the people who most need to follow the advice in this book will critisize both the author and the book, and continiue on with their lives blaming society, the government, corporations, etc. for their lack of success and satisfaction in their lives.
In short, this world is divided into individuals who talk big about getting things done and those who actually do things in a big way. Ensure, if you can, to belong to the latter. There's far less competition and the rewards are much greater. Steven Pressland's "DO THE WORK!" will help you join the club who get things done in a big way.
Ernie J. Zelinski
Author of How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free: Retirement Wisdom That You Won't Get from Your Financial Advisor
(Over 140,000 copies sold and published in 9 languages)
and The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed and Overworked- 21st Century Edition
(Over 250,000 copies sold and published in 17 languages)