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 best-selling 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.” For other titles like Do the Work, visit thedominoproject.com for more information.
©2010 Steven Pressfield (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I don't review every book--only books I feel strongly about--hence the many 4-5 star vs 1-2 star reviews. Just my opinions--hope they help.
Short. To the point. Helpful with getting through the pondering and oft times paralyzed stage of projects and creation. Upbeat and encouraging. A book I have listened to several times and will definitely play again. A highly recommended positive motivator.
Read Pressfield's 'The War of Art' first; this book is a good follow-up to that.
'The War of Art' delineates the enemy of creative work as internal Resistance; it defines Resistance's various incarnations (procrastinating, creating drama, keeping busy with less-important tasks, etc.), and points the way toward defeating Resistance by "turning pro".
'Do the Work' moves on from there to give more detailed instructions and advice on how to overcome Resistance. This includes the counterintuitive admonition to:
"Stay stupid": Ignorance & arrogance are the artist’s & entrepreneur’s indispensible allies. Be clueless enough not to know how difficult the project will be, & cocky enough to believe you can pull it off anyway.
"Begin before you're ready". Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it now.
Don’t over-think, over-prepare, or let research become resistance.
Begin at the finish: Figure out where you want to go, then work backwards from there.
This book has many other gems, such as the Seven Principles of Resistance, the Two Tests of Resistance, the inevitability of the Big Crash (the 'wall' you'll hit when everything seems to be going well) and the two axioms to keep in mind while working through it.
Will 'Do the Work' revolutionize your life or your creative work? Maybe not. But it's great inspiration and a new way of looking at the problem of making art, and for that it's definitely worth it.
Definitely recommended for anybody doing any type of creative work.
The straightforward talk about resistance to getting work done.
I like his frank, nearly choppy, style.
This book echos in my head!
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.
A little bit more than one hour, with lots of contents. I liked it! I would have given it 5 stars if it was longer.
It is one of the better audio books I have listened to.
There are many memorable moments that I could detail, but that would take too long.
One of my favorite parts was when he talked about the routine of creativity.
"Do the Work" was well worth my time and money. Though Pressfield is a book and movie writer many of his personal apt personal examples of finishing an idea, book, script, etc are applicable to just about anyone taking on any big challenge. I am a PhD student, nearing the finish line and just hit my 'wall', struggeling to get past some difficult courses, and this book was a heavens send. Again, many take-a-ways especially for any writer but valueable for anyone else who is jumping out on faith and following a dream or idea.
To the point
This is a no BS approach to staying in the game, to living your life. Steven's voice is awesome and inspiring
I could taste the passion. His performance was brilliant!
Everything. I've listened to the book 3x in a row and I'm quoting from it to my friends.
Short ... simple ... amusing and to the point ... it's a very good listen for those who need to start writing or begin with any project ... funny at times ... but inspiring always ... worth your time and money
I loved how matter-of-fact he is and holds no punches. it was nice to listen to such passion in what he was telling you. I loved the audio book so much I bought the paperback so I can mark it up and tag the good stuff!
I love Pressfield's The War of Art, and what you get here is the outline of that original and nothing more. There's nothing new here, and nothing worth the cost of purchase. It feels like a bit of sleight of hand, a new twist to squeeze juice from the rind. Or more appropriately, money from your pocket. It's not like it's simplifying a complex, difficult, or even lengthy read. The War of Art is less than three hours, utterly accessible, and worth every minute. This is just a scam, a rewrite of that title using nothing but delete. If you haven't read it already, invest your money in The Art of War. It's worth every minute and every penny. And if you have read it, don't waste your time or money here. You've already got everything Pressfield appears to have to say on this subject. Reread it. It's still worth it, even the second time. I give this title three stars only because the original information is still valuable. But I genuinely resent having paid for that information twice.
"To the point"
Concise and to the point.
Having succeeded a few times with projects in life I can relate to the content.
Now I spend too much time researching, procrastinating and pleasing others.
Back to what works.
"Hit's the nail on the head!"
I've already listened to this book twice and will no doubt listen to over and over again. It's short, easy to digest and gets straight ti the point.
I liked the fact that Seven has clearly 'been there done' that so found it really easy to relate to.
Stevens sincerity shines through and as such I found it to be a really positive experience, not just another audio book.
Yes, and I did.
An excellent piece of motivational material. 5 stars!!
"Geat and insightful book"
I like the concise element, but full of great stories that can make you ponder away.
"Value - if you dare"
This is a simple straight forward book.
I valued the open approach that Steven takes with his work and the vulnerability he displays in admitting his own mistakes.
The ideas and learnings I found were valuable. I recommend this book.
"Great audiobook if your tripping over your own limiting beliefs"
I found this audio really useful in reminding my positive self to accept the gauntlet laid down by my inner dragon and forge on anyway!
"The right Book at the right Time"
It's hard to say. I have enjoyed other books more but this helped me to focus on the right thing, namely building the habits of a professional. Other books might have pulled me in shinier, but ultimately less useful directions.
The idea that resistance is nothing personal was quite helpful for me.
The voice seems to reveal more about who he is than only the words on a page would.
Battle advice for the long-term creative.
The concept about impersonal resistance is incredibly helpful. However I do find that the macho battle rhetoric can also be the very thing that stands in our way. It sounds cooler and more heroic to say that each and every day is some epic battle, but while that might be true some days, on others it's simply not.
"This is what i need to hear.Fact based. Excellent"
Never found the paper version of Do The Work.
Love steven's pressfield's constant reminders of what has to be done.
What to look out for. RESISTANCE is the problem of folk trying to get stuff done.Writing , dieting , anything- it's a great boost.
Almost made me do both. I identify so much with the problems a writer faces to getting started, taking it on the chin if it does not go so well- move on to the next thing..Pressfield's own despair at eventually getting a movie made and it bombing is funny but what do you do after that? You learn and move on to the next one.
"Start before you are ready" is a line i want burned into my mind and heart.
Great listen. highly recommended for EVERYONE!!
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