Do the Work

Do the Work

by Steven Pressfield


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ISBN-13: 9781936719013
Publisher: The Domino Project
Publication date: 04/20/2011
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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Steven Pressfield is the bestselling author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, and The War of Art. The latter book spawned Do the Work, as readers kept asking, “What is this terrible thing called Resistance—and how can I overcome it?” Pressfield is a graduate of Duke University and an honorary citizen of the city of Sparta in Greece.

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Do the Work 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
mystymoon More than 1 year ago
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
MizLoo More than 1 year ago
Why can't I get this on my NOOK?
pmcnamee67 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It's a tangent on his War of Art. Basically just a big fat pep-talk to get you motivated to do your thing - novel, movie, business, whatever.Not bad considering I got the eBook free when it was first released.I do like his "foolscap" method of keeping the basic idea on one sheet of paper, three acts, an ending and a theme.Points worth pondering, anyway.
atbradley on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Yet another tedious, repetitive "motivational" guide for creative types and entrepreneurs. Synopsis: "Resistance (Pressfield's endlesslyl-repeated buzzword for the tendency to procrastinate) is a force of nature and is bad. So do stuff."Pressfield also uses two fonts/"voices" to hammer through his point more thoroughly, which gives the impression of being cornered in a bar by a pair of obsessive drunks.
GeorgeannRose More than 1 year ago
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.
AuntWendy More than 1 year ago
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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Mitton More than 1 year ago
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.