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Do the Work | [Steven Pressfield]

Do the Work

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.
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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.

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    Frank Coraopolis, PA, United States 06-17-14
    Frank Coraopolis, PA, United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Simple but so true most will not do"

    Excellent book for the writer or anyone in particular. Too often the work isn't done and we wonder why we don't get results. This is a must read for all workers but especially for those in a professional or entrepreneur adventure. It is a book that I will listen to many times and refer to it for hidden nuggets.

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    Guillaume Laval, Quebec, Canada 03-11-14
    Guillaume Laval, Quebec, Canada 03-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "If you could be more productive: get a copy!"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is really excellent to help get past the blocking and anxiety part of the creative work or of running the business. A few good mindset tricks to kickoff lethargy, get started and overall being more productive in less time.

    (I'm a professional artist turned entrepreneur, now running a business with a few employees.) This book did help me. Short and sweet totally worth it to increase productivity.

    Thanks to Steven Pressfield for having written this book, I'm happy I bought it. If you are an entrepreneur or an artist get a copy!

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    Diana Antelope Valley, CA, United States 02-04-14
    Diana Antelope Valley, CA, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Resistance is the enemy - how to spot it"

    Goes with The War of Art, along the same lines it identifies all the ways we resist success.

    Identifying "resistance" is pretty helpful if we really want to have the various excuses we use to not tackle projects, dreams, or success held up to our faces.

    Straight talk style, this is an intervention for procrastinators.

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    Rebecca Denham Springs, LA, United States 12-31-13
    Rebecca Denham Springs, LA, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Do work Son!"

    I will be listening to this book often, probably once a month. It is very short and a great kick in the pants to do what you were put on this earth to do. It is based around writers, but really could apply to anything!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Marco Island 12-28-13
    Jose Marco Island 12-28-13 Member Since 2006
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    "The title says it all..."

    and in fact the author has nothing else to add to it. The substance of the core message is okay if it is left at that but it isn't. C. Northcote Parkinson postulated that work expands to fill the available time. This author has obviously too much free time.

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    Amazon Customer IA, USA 12-08-13
    Amazon Customer IA, USA 12-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "CliffsNotes for The War of Art"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Miles Washington, DC USA 10-18-12
    Miles Washington, DC USA 10-18-12 Member Since 2000
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    "An Outstanding Little Book on Art & Fear"
    What made the experience of listening to Do the Work the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the author's no-nonsense tone as well as the fact that he narrated it himself. It was a short, concise listen which was energizing, motivating and humorous too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Do the Work?

    The discussion around the concept of "shipping" -- meaning getting the finished product off one's "desk" and out into the world.


    Did Steven Pressfield do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were not many characters in the book, while a few external people were referenced, Mr. Pressfield's book was more of a how-to written from his perspective.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Do the Work?

    Many of the tenets of his philosophy are indelible and I have already passed them on to friends and find myself referring to them often. This book is like having an artistic cheerleader / coach in your pocket, kicking you to push you toward success and fearlessness.


    Any additional comments?

    A must for anyone taking an idea from scratch to fruition and success.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Des Moines, Iowa, United States 07-22-12
    Andrew Des Moines, Iowa, United States 07-22-12 Member Since 2012

    I read. I write. I listen. I learn. A professional marketer residing in the heartland of the United States, I bring my desire for mental augmentation to your table for nourishment and encouragement. Feed me well and I will pass on the favor in spades!

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    "Like a tour of my brain"
    What did you love best about Do the Work?

    Pressfield tells it like it is. There are no platitudes, no conjecture, no guessing. He opens the box and shows you how to sort it out logically and with discipline.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book uncovers a logical equation for avoidance, delay, procrastination, and all of the other roadblocks to "getting things done." He also provides a simple mapping solution to keeping on track.


    What does Steven Pressfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His personal voice is unique and uncoated. While he has the presence of a intellectual and authority on a number of subjects, it feels like he is that uncle Steve that will give you a no-s--t-because-I've-been-there point of view.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I listened to it twice in the same day.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jasonstuff United States 07-20-12
    jasonstuff United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Good but not great"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I read a lot of books and someone highly recommended this but I didn't find a lot of content and wouldn't read or listen to it again. It is really short, so it doesn't waste a lot of your time.


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    Justin Pittsburgh, PA, United States 06-14-12
    Justin Pittsburgh, PA, United States 06-14-12
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    "All Creative People and Entrepreneurs MUST read!"
    Where does Do the Work rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is the best non-fiction book I've read so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a simple straight forward look at how to overcome creative blocks and just do the work!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My wife and I started an comedy improv theater and training center in the last year and a half. This book made me realize that which we've done well and how we need to keep on track.


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