Do the Work

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Do the Work

Our enemy is not lack of preparation; it's not the difficulty of the project, or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account.

The enemy is resistance.

The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications and a ...

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Overview

Do the Work

Our enemy is not lack of preparation; it's not the difficulty of the project, or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account.

The enemy is resistance.

The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications and a million reasons why he can't/shouldn't/won't do what we know we need to do.

Start before you're ready.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936719013
  • Publisher: The Domino Project
  • Publication date: 4/20/2011
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 48,548
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Pressfield's first job when he moved to New York City was as a $150-a-week copy writer for Benton & Bowles. One day while rewriting the just-add-water text for the back label off Gravy Train dog food he asked himself, 'Shouldn't I be doing something a little more worthwhile?' He decided to quit and write a novel. Eight novels, many bestsellers and 34 screenplays later, you've found this book. Find the rest of them at http://www.stevenpressfield.com/books/

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

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    Not on NOOK?!?!?!

    Why can't I get this on my NOOK?

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Excellent Work

    I have the free copy on my [cough] Kindle and am working my way through it. I came to Barnes looking for a copy to give to Wife and DiL. The work is an extension of Pressfield's "War of Art' (also recommended). However, Pressfield takes the themes presented in War and extends them in an imminently practical manner.

    It will take work to apply Pressfield's ideas and direction. However, if you're in the business of creation (and who isn't anymore?), then Pressfield offers an interesting perspective on the creative process and the encouragement to "do the work." So, get after it!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

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    greatbook

    I had my doubts about this book when a friend recommended it. But I read it and loved it. It can be used in real life as well as writing and any other job. Realistic. A great find. Thanks

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    In ¿Do the Work¿ Steven Pressfield writes a neat little sermon t

    In ‘Do the Work’ Steven Pressfield writes a neat little sermon that will very likely stir you up.

    Did I say sermon? Yup. Packaged as self-help for creative types this is really a religious screed with lots of yelling and with all the contradictions you expect from true believers. I thought, as I read through the first parts of the book, that the problem for most right-brainers is that the forces of the universe are aligned against you: in Pressfield’s religion it’s called Resistance. Everything in creation is lined up to fight you. Then, later on, I learned that the answer to the growling cosmos is that, well, the universe is on your side and wants to elevate you above your petty laziness. You have to go with the flow, ‘trust the soup’, and let the universe guide you. Oh well. But not to worry: like any good preacher who has outlined the problem he now offers salvation: stay stupid. All that rational, logical, thinky, figure-it-out kind of stuff just feeds the fear and resistance. Skirt the mess by staying stupid. It doesn’t quite work for me but if it helps you get your first draft done then great.

    The wonder of self-help is that everyone can find something useful. His hammering manta of Do it! is a message we can all be reminded of and he offers several helps common to much of self-help: figure out the big picture, chunk it down, keep expanding the outline – all good stuff. So it’s a worthy book that I enjoyed. It can be read straight through in less than an hour and has a place on just about anyone’s bookshelf.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    A must read for anyone who is struggling with resistance and self sabotage. Pressfield puts the truth in simple language. Read this short book and it will make a difference in your creative production.

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    Could have been great!!

    There are some great encouraging guidelines in this book, if you can see past the authors whining over his rewrites on his next book. Should have been titled "I need some cash flow while I rewrite my next money maker".

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    Posted April 26, 2011

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