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 bestselling 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 agains...more
I am not a rereader of books. I prefer to try the new as opposed to revisiting the old. But there are two books I reread every year, that are constantly with me, both in physical form and on my mind. The first is Marcus Aurelius's stoic masterpiece on how to live a life, "The Meditations." The best thing ever written in my opinion. The second is Steven Pressfield's "The War of Art," a brief mani ...more
While I'd hoped to get a little boost from this and perhaps recommend it to friends, I'll be giving it a wide berth. It's a piece of corny writing that would better be summed up thus: JUST DO IT.
In short, go do the work and don't waste an hour on this thing.
If you enjoyed The War of Art I highly recommend moving on to Do the Work.
At the moment of this review it is free on Amazon's Kindle. I read it on my computer and iPhone.
Read on Kindle in 2011. Listened to on Audible in 2011.
Listened on Audible on August 13, 2012
This particular kick focuses on giving the reader a how-to push through their own resistance and lack of con ...more
While this book is excellent, it does lack the depth of The War of Art. The War of Art explains the concept of Resistance in scandalous detail, while Do the Work does not. Instead, Do the Work is, according to Pressfield, "about getting off your behind and starting something." Therefore, I do not recommend it as a standalone. I don’t believe that the reader will get as much va ...more
I needed to read this book. I needed the kick in the pants to keep going despite the doubt and fear. I needed the insight it gave about creating my plot. Recommended to anyone starting a big, scary project or just staring at a blank canvas.
"We've been conditioned to imagine that the darkness that we see in the world and feel in our own hearts in only an illusion [but] There is an enemy. There is an intelligent, active, malign force working against us."
However, while I think this ...more
Resistance is not just an annoying feeling at the pit of our stomachs. Apparently, it is so much more. It is the internal demon that is dead set on destroying our creative powers, eradicating our motives of self-expression, and scaring the living daylights out of us every time we set out to do something authentic and inspired. Just great, right?! Resistance is the antagonist in this brilliant, c ...more
I read it in about an hour yesterday afternoon, and I was disappointed. Its interesting format ...more
I think part of why I didn't love it madly is that I never could get a good picture in my head of the overall structure of the book and where I was within that structure at any given time. Eventually, I discovere ...more
Instead tells you that you must keep writing. Also that feeling like a failure is part of getting really close to being good at what you are doing. So be glad about ...more
So simple, yet so impactful.
If you don't have time to listen to this Audiobook, you're in trouble.
When creating content or being creative .... simply start.
Then, you've crushed RESISTANCE (read: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield as well).
I graduated from Duke University in 1965.
In January of 1966, when I was on the bus leaving Parris Island as a freshly-minted Marine, I looked back and thought there was at least one good thing about this departure. "No matter what happens to me for the rest of my life, no one can ever send me back to this freakin' place a ...more