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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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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 USA 08-02-14
    Sara USA 08-02-14 Member Since 2008

    I love reading reviews. No plot spoilers please. These are not book reports!

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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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen G. Shearman 08-26-11 Member 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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Luke J. Morris Elmwood Park, IL, United States 06-25-12
    Luke J. Morris Elmwood Park, IL, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Good Information"

    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.

    8 of 9 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 my short time.

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    "Good, Small Book"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steven TULLAHOMA, TN, United States 01-02-12
    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Nashville, TN, United States 12-26-11
    Mark Nashville, TN, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2004
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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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia United States 02-22-12
    Virginia United States 02-22-12
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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

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    A. Santen Markham, ON. Canada 06-26-12
    A. Santen 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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Sampson 09-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "If You've Read The War of Art, You've Read This"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who hasn't read The War of Art


    What was most disappointing about Steven Pressfield’s story?

    This is a nonfiction book, so it's not about the story. It was disappointing because it was nothing new. He's already been through this material in the War of Art.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get the guy who performed the War of Art.


    What character would you cut from Do the Work?

    n/a


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    Scott 09-01-14
    Scott 09-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "This book changed me"
    What did you love best about Do the Work?

    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.


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

    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.


    What about Steven Pressfield’s performance did you like?

    Stephen Pressfield is an engaging orator - It was great to hear the content read from the author who created it.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked War of Art - this is a great companion to that work and vice versa.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • 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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brindusa Gabur
    London, United Kingdom
    12/19/13
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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.


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