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Do the Work [Hardcover]

Steven Pressfield
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Book Description

April 20 2011

Do the Work

Our enemy is not lack of preparation; it's not the difficulty of the project, or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account.

The enemy is resistance.

The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications and a million reasons why he can't/shouldn't/won't do what we know we need to do.

Start before you're ready.

--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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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.”

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") is a graduate of Duke University and an honorary citizen of the city of Sparta in Greece.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good follow-up to The War of Art June 28 2011
By sculley
Writing this review is a form of Resistance for me right now, but I'm doing it anyways. Although the book is short and draws heavily upon parts of The War of Art, I've found it to be very helpful. It's brevity doesn't bother me, because it doesn't need to be flowery - it gets to the point, and that is what is needed. It's essentially a "how to" companion to The War of Art. It won't kick your butt, but it will help you understand what going on when the process of doing the work begins to break down and you're floundering. This and the War of Art are two of my bibles. I read them over and over again to constantly be reminded of what needs to be done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you on track Jan. 9 2012
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This is a condensed version of the War of Art, which makes it so handy as a quick pick up when you are pursuing your goals and getting sidetracked.
Having once gone through the entire process that the author talks about, I can say from experience he is dead on the mark.
I use this book as a reminder to myself to keep on going.
So easy to pick up and just open at any page and find the inspiration I need.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed Aug. 3 2011
Detailed as if the author has been reading my mail. I loved every part of it. I decided not to "ring the bell" and keep on going. After living like a failure for a year, I rescheduled the time to do the things I love to do for e.g running, and reading . It's a quick read and could give you that "second wind" you need to write that book, run that marathon, to start that business. Good luck!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A bible for the artist Jan. 23 2013
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Pressfield is one of my favorite authors of all time. This is similar to "The War of Art" but a different message. It's not so "fight the resistance" than "do more". He speaks to the inner artist/entrepreneur, don't for one second believe your journey will be easy, don't ever think you can take a short cut, and for those who have a work ethic, have passion, they will reap the rewards of what lies ahead in their journey of finding the artist within themselves.

You won't regret buying this book.
PS: If you ever get the chance to hear Steven Pressfield talk on a podcast listen in. It gives you a lot more context to where he's coming from in his writing. I believe Mitch Joel has interviewed him on the Six Pixels of Seperation Podcast. One of my favorite conversations for sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About Resistance July 1 2014
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A good quick read about the daily challenges of creating anything worthwhile. All great writers, artists and entrepreneurs have had to overcome resistance in one way or the other. As Steven says it a process and one has to Do The Work. The more you are willing to tackle the process on a daily basis the more successful one will be. There are no shortcuts. Even the greats have had failures. Some would say you can't have success until you have had a failure. Writing for example is the process of rewriting. Any of Steven Pressfield's books are thought provoking and worth reading. He has been on this journey a long time and has seen the ups and downs.
Time to Do The Work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars should be required reading for writers April 30 2014
By Sue B
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I found this so helpful. Filled with constructive ideas and support for writers just embarking on their writing career,I particularly enjoyed listening to it via DVD while driving in my car.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great motivational read for procrastinators March 10 2014
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Simple and full of truth. Loved every page of it. Having wrote and "shipped" a book myself, i can certify every bit of resistance explained in Steven's work. Awesome work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG - necessary reading! March 1 2014
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The book had me at the Foreword! It will definitely be on my re-read list of books; I experienced a lot of epiphanies due to the many thought provoking "pearls of wisdom" it contains. A must read for anyone struggling with getting started & staying motivated on ANY issue in life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very worthwhile.
Short, concise and ideal for one looking for inspiration.
Published 3 days ago by Ted Randal
5.0 out of 5 stars Pressfield is a boss. His books will change your life!
Great book in excellent condition. Arrived exactly when I thought it would.
Published 1 month ago by LV
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it.
Simply inspiring. It made me get busy and do the work. I loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Savannah Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good actionable advice to get you through projects
"This book is designed to coach you through a project (a book, a ballet, a new business venture, a philanthropic enterprise) from conception to finished product, seeing it from... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael McFarlane
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging
Do The Work has challenged me to the core and I am left with no more excuses not to start. I highly recommend this work for anyone who approaches a project with creative intent.
Published 7 months ago by Michael McClure
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Read
This is a great quick reminder about the forces within, which we must inevitably confront in everything we do. Starting something is an exciting and invigorating process. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars must read
You have to read this a few times to truly appreciate it. Give it to your friends, coworkers, anyone really
Published 10 months ago by Andrew J Mckee
2.0 out of 5 stars Better books out there
Over the top and theatrical. I got the message: procrastination, over thinking can get in way of creation and getting things done. Read more
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