- Hardcover: 109 pages
- Publisher: The Domino Project; 1st edition (April 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936719010
- ISBN-13: 978-1936719013
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 905 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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.
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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.
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! :)