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Do the Work Audiobook

Do the Work

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Sara 08-02-14
    Sara 08-02-14

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    "Powerhouse of Motivation"

    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.

    35 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Loki Liesmith Elmwood Park, IL, United States 06-25-12
    Loki Liesmith Elmwood Park, IL, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    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.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Steven TULLAHOMA, TN, United States 01-02-12
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    "Get your butt in gear and do the work."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely recommended for anybody doing any type of creative work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The straightforward talk about resistance to getting work done.


    What about Steven Pressfield’s performance did you like?

    I like his frank, nearly choppy, style.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    This book echos in my head!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 12-24-12
    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    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.

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    Amazon Customer Nashville, TN, United States 12-26-11
    Amazon Customer Nashville, TN, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2015
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    "I bought three copies for friends"
    Where does Do the Work rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the better audio books I have listened to.


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

    There are many memorable moments that I could detail, but that would take too long.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorite parts was when he talked about the routine of creativity.


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    Stephen G. Shearman 08-26-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "5 Stars for "Do the Work""

    "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.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    GooBooksToronto Markham, ON. Canada 06-26-12
    GooBooksToronto Markham, ON. Canada 06-26-12
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    "Don't Live Life Without It"
    If you could sum up Do the Work in three words, what would they be?

    To the point


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

    This is a no BS approach to staying in the game, to living your life. Steven's voice is awesome and inspiring


    What about Steven Pressfield’s performance did you like?

    I could taste the passion. His performance was brilliant!


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Everything. I've listened to the book 3x in a row and I'm quoting from it to my friends.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia United States 02-22-12
    Virginia United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Love it"

    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

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Yumi Wilson Fairfield, California 10-06-15
    Yumi Wilson Fairfield, California 10-06-15

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    "excellent book!"

    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!

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    Amazon Customer IA, USA 12-08-13
    Amazon Customer IA, USA 12-08-13 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
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    "Hit's the nail on the head!"
    Would you listen to Do the Work again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact that Seven has clearly 'been there done' that so found it really easy to relate to.


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

    Stevens sincerity shines through and as such I found it to be a really positive experience, not just another audio book.


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

    Yes, and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent piece of motivational material. 5 stars!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brindusa Gabur
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    "Geat and insightful book"
    What did you like most about Do the Work?

    I like the concise element, but full of great stories that can make you ponder away.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brett
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    "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.
    Try it

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  • Leah ButlerSmith
    4/27/16
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    "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!

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  • Kristen
    10/7/15
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    "The right Book at the right Time"
    Where does Do the Work rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    The idea that resistance is nothing personal was quite helpful for me.


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

    The voice seems to reveal more about who he is than only the words on a page would.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Battle advice for the long-term creative.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    9/20/15
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    "This is what i need to hear.Fact based. Excellent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Do the Work to be better than the print version?

    Never found the paper version of Do The Work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments 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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen. highly recommended for EVERYONE!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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