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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
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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") 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Avoid this book. Every author fails once in a while. Big deal.
Pressfield has written two books that will serve you as imperative and passionate life guides: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles and Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work.
On that note, if you are trying to figure out what to do in life, or what would make you the happiest, check out another excellent book: Bliss: Writing to Find Your True Self or on Kindle--Bliss: Writing to Find Your True Self.
Between those three books, you will come to a load of conclusions about yourself and your calling and your career options in this life. Really interesting stuff. Fascinating, even. But Do the Work is not. :( As one reviewer commented, you'd be better off doing some work--any work--than reading this book.
I've you've read Seth Godin's Poke the Box, or even Pressfield's The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, you're pretty much getting the same stuff in Do the Work.
It's good stuff, mind you...very inspirational. It will get your off your butt if you're slacking and not "making it so". Here are some gems illustrating the type of motivation you'll find in Do the Work:
* "A home-run swing that results in a strikeout is better than a successful bunt or even a line-drive single."
* "Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur's indispensable allies."
* "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 overthink and hesitate."
* "Don't think. Act. We can always revise and revisit once we've acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act."
However, if you're an Intiator like me--someone who's ballsy, passionate, innovative and productive--you may need something a little deeper. For example, here's a phrase from the book that echoes some of what Seth asserts: "Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul's evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it."
When Seth, or Pressfield, start getting into "soul's evolution", that's when it all breaks down for me. You see, I'm a Mind/Body/Spirit author and expert, and the quest (and discovery) of meaning is one of my passions--especially helping others find it. For me, the world view above had steered me to much frustration, disappointment and even heartache.
Or, rather, the lack of specificity as to what determines "importance" or "call to action". Now, I'm not being picky here, honest. It's just that I've discovered that The Resistance often disguises itself as a "creative mandate", a "productive should" or a "thing I must do".
Just because you feel an urge, even an obsession, doesn't mean it's your "soul" (or even a "calling" to expand your soul's parameters). Why? Because The Resistance often hides itself in the goals, brass rings and expectations of others--tribe, country, family, religion, cultural mores, "the factory", etc.
That's The Resistance, not the soul. And gauging importance doesn't necessarily come from a sense of urgency as much as a niggling sensation that won't go away. It's what we daydream about. What makes us excited. What makes us wonder, "What if...?"
And that kind of soul-nourishing fun doesn't necessarily breed The Resistance or fear (though, admittedly, it can...especially if you're not used to taking risks or care too much about what others think).
This distinction matters to me as an Initiator, because I often have many opportunities to "Do the Work"; my challenge is to pick only a few so I don't get burned out. So advice like "do it, do it, do it...push through" are worse than just counterproductive for me, personally.
So with that caveat, if you enjoy Pressfield's work, or Seth Godin's, then by all means get Do the Work. You'll likely feel a shot in the arm that comes from someone "understanding" you, or cheering you on to Initiate, Risk, Act and Produce. It's not an entirely balanced approach to life, but it's a bold one...one that the world can certainly use more of, that's for sure!
-- Janet Boyer (featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People who are Poking the Box and Making a Difference by Seth Godin)
1. Start before you're ready.
2. Go on a research diet (no more than 3 books)
3. Momentum is everything.
4. Finish your first draft ASAP!
Steven Pressfield packs a lot more wisdom in this little book. If you haven't read The War of Art, Turning Pro, or Do the Work, I suggest reading them in that order. But you don't need the other books to use this material, since he repeats key ideas from those books in Do the Work. If you have his other books, this is still worth a read because he slams the motivation to get started and to finish quickly in your face.