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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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.
"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.
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.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite 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.
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!
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.
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
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.
This book provides a short practical narrative that acts as a guide for how to frame up any goal. It gives you a structure to form a path for accomplishing any major achievement.
I was completely enlightened to the fact that I have allowed "resistance" in several areas of my life. I am more productive and more intune with my true creative self because of Steven's work.
Stephen Pressfield is an engaging orator - It was great to hear the content read from the author who created it.
Before I start any project I will lay out the theme, the start, the finish, and the entire project in three acts on a single sheet of paper. Then do the work with these four precepts in mind - stay primitive, trust the soup, swing for the seats, and I will always be ready for resistance.
If you liked War of Art - this is a great companion to that work and vice versa.
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.
"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.
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