Book Review: Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

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Seth Godin quotes Steven Pressfield in most of his interviews, and also in the Domino Project. So I decided Do The Work by Steven Pressfield.

This is a brilliant book about fear, about the resistance. Now I understand why Seth Godin loves Steven Pressfield so much.

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.

This is not a motivation type of a book, it’s a unique book.

His goal for the book is to provide an emotional boost to combat the “resistance” – what behavioral scientists would call your expectancy, and what more plain speaking people would call your reason to procrastinate.

Some of the key themes on this book:

  • Start before you’re ready
  • Suspend self judgement while creating.
  • Start again quickly after finishing.
  • Failure isn’t good, and you haven’t failed – you just have to push through and learn from the “first half.”
  • You have to ship. Ship the idea, learn and get to your next idea. SHIP.

This book is a kick in the butt and a call to action for creative people and business people alike.

It inspired me to set more goals, get it all out on paper and stop holding myself back.

Rating

9/10

It’s a short book, read it within 2 hours and was not rushing it. It’s an easy read and funny as well.

This book is for artists, writers, entrepreneurs and anyone who has to initiate a lot of things in her careers.

It’s a short read but it will kick your ass with it’s messages. All in all it’s a great book, well written and worth every time on it.

Favourite Quotes

  • “A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.”

  • “A work-in-progress generates its own energy field. You, the artist or entrepreneur, are pouring love into the work; you are suffusing it with passion and intention and hope.”
  • “Start before you’re ready.”

  • “No matter how great a writer, artist, or entrepreneur, he is a mortal, he is fallible. He is not proof against Resistance. He will drop the ball; he will crash. That’s why they call it rewriting.”
  • “Don’t think. Act. We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act.”
  • “Resistance cannot be seen, touched, heard, or smelled. But it can be felt. We experience it as an energy field radiating from a work-in-potential. It’s a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”

  • “On the field of the Self stand a knight and a dragon.   You are the knight. Resistance is the dragon.”

 

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