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Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way Paperback – March 13, 2015
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- Item Weight : 4.7 ounces
- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1936891375
- Product dimensions : 5 x 0.29 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Black Irish Entertainment LLC (March 13, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Resistance is not just an annoying feeling at the pit of our stomachs. Apparently, it is so much more. It is the internal demon that is dead set on destroying our creative powers, eradicating our motives of self-expression, and scaring the living daylights out of us every time we set out to do something authentic and inspired. Just great, right?! Resistance is the antagonist in this brilliant, captivating book by Steven Pressfield, and we - our souls, our yearning souls, our poor hungry souls - are the protagonist.
How do we win this battle? Because make no mistake about it, as Steven tells us so bluntly, this is a war, and the universe is not indifferent to our will, it is antagonistic, it is evil, it is a repelling force, it is negative, it is here to distract us, shove us away, do us harm, make us suffer and use with the most brilliant schemes to get the job done. You are at the mercy of this evil force unless you have a plan, and allies, and a battle strategy.
This is the book that arms you with all of that and more so read it. Read it if you ever plan to do something that is outside the norm of your daily life. Read it if you want to write a book, start a business, leave a good job, make a big change in your life and generally do anything that is outside your comfort zone and outside the conventional way of living and existing. Read it because Resistance's ears perk up when it sees you step outside the ordinary path to reach for higher rewards. Resistance wakes up from its slumber and comes to haunt you and your creative efforts.
And if you are not careful, you will just give in. You will stop your painting, your book, your business, your dream, because Resistance will convince you to give it up.
The gravest mistake we can make on this journey is to take Resistance lightly and to think that we have mastered it when you are just beginning to understand its force. The force of resistance gets stronger as you approach the finish line. It is at its worst a few minutes before you reach the summit, before you type the last chapter, before you ship that product or offer that service. Resistance works closely with shame, guilt, humiliation, failure, and its best friend, FEAR.
Resistance has no mercy on your soul and no care for your happiness, and it's not personal either. Resistance goes after everyone who chooses to do something creative and extraordinary with his or her life. If that is you, then you need to learn how to deal with this monster, or else, resign yourself to living in the shadow of the beast forever. But you don't want that, and neither do I so read this masterpiece of a genius - which is very short by the way, it will take you maybe 1 hour to read it - and you will outsmart Resistance for the rest of your days.
As far as the writing, I am not crazy about non-fiction books. Pressfield's writing voice speaks to me. I love his desperate plea for waking up and paying attention. I love how he identified this monster and didn't mince words. I love how passionate he gets, how obsessed he becomes with defeating the monster, and how simply and freely he writes on the topic. I do like the right-adjusted large font text interweaved with the regular text. I must have highlighted the entire book and do plan on reading it again, and recommending it all my clients and customers.
You know, I wish someone had recommended this to me when I was struggling with leaving my lousy corporate job, or when I wanted to dig deeper into my yoga journey and heard how futile it was to do so at such an "old age" (30 something!). And one thing is clear to me now: I will make a conscious effort to battle Resistance every time I start my heart-centered projects and endeavors, and frankly, you should too! :)
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.
Top reviews from other countries
While Do the Work is not a panacea it gives that force that blocks you from starting and staying with a project a definite name. Once you know its name you are over half way to understanding it. And understanding the problem is the next half to overcome it.
I found the first half of this short booklet most useful as it is written in an analytical style which engenders reflexion on your particular circumstance. Later in the book Pressfield’s style becomes dangerously close to those coffee mugs you see in the work canteen cupboard: Pithy saying printed on ceramic cups purchased by the owner in a moment of inner high motivation.
Once you identify Resistance and how it manifests itself in your world Pressfield outlines a number of strategies for dealing with it. A strong point of the book is it flexibility and width in offering a variety of potential solutions without ever becoming too narrow.
Everyone’s Resistance has a different tap room and being able to identify this is a massive help in overcoming creative inertia.
Everyone who reads this book will get something out of it and many will get a lot form it. As I did. And you’ll probably read it more than one. Its style also makes you write in short sentences. Like this. For a bit.
I can't help but feel as if this book was written for an American audience who perhaps appreciate this style of writing. I get and agree with most of his points, but I personally would have just benefitted more from someone giving me the target messages straight and not feeling like they have to hit a word count (so repeat the message constantly). I'm not sure this author is for me.
Some of the pages have barely a few paragraphs in and with it under 100 pages just feels like something that should be included for free in a book bundle