Do the Work Hardcover – Apr 20 2011
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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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
This is an excellent book, mostly about overcoming resistance and getting things done. I read quite a bit of self-development literature and this was not just more of the same. Highly recommended for action takers.
Time to Do The Work.
Most recent customer reviews
Take a few minutes to read this book. It is packed with solid advice that will allow you to get more done.Published 11 days ago by Andrew Nichols
I think it's a great book. I like Steven's style of writing. I see myself referring to it over and over as time goes by.Published 24 days ago by Anne Merle Binning
This book is like steroids for the unmotivated brain. Read it in one sitting and it changed the way I do things. Highly recommended!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great for anyone who needs help focusing on what is important and how to build better habits. Everyone needs this book.Published 5 months ago by Neil O'Donnell
More like a collection of thoughts. Smaller book than I expected. Interesting what authors think qualifies as a value packed book today.Published 5 months ago by Carol Carter
Whether you are starting a new career, project or resolution, or you already have and stuck, this short and poignant work can get you through the hard moments or days. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gareth Morris
I loved the broken up fonts These gave pause for reflection and allowed maximum impact I wish more quality books were written in this fashionPublished 17 months ago by Michael Balfoort
Love the writing ...loved the kick in ass...now it's time to get back to work and write , write, writePublished 17 months ago by mark
I want to write a really great, effusive, glowing review, but I am too inspired by this book and off to get started with my next project... So I guess that is a pretty good review. Read morePublished 19 months ago by sam shoichet