I really disliked this book It s written from a very flawed though perhaps redeemable worldview containing obvious and repetitive ideas He also really needs to look up protean in a thesaurus
I really disliked this book. It's written from a very flawed (though perhaps redeemable) worldview containing obvious and repetitive ideas. (He also really needs to look up 'protean' in a thesaurus.) 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.Bestseller Do the Work Creat Steven Pressfield Viral Kindle Do the WorkOur 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 shouldnDo the WorkOur 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.. I was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1943 to a Navy father and mother 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 again Forty years later, to my surprise and gratification, I am far closely bound to the young men of the Marine Corps and to all other dirt eating, ground pounding outfits than I could ever have imagined GATES OF FIRE is one reason Dog eared paperbacks of this tale of the ancient Spartans have circulated throughout platoons of U.S troops in Iraq and Afghanistan since the first days of the invasions E mails come in by hundreds GATES OF FIRE is on the Commandant of the Marine Corps Reading list It is taught at West Point and Annapolis and at the Marine Corps Basic School at Quantico TIDES OF WAR is on the curriculum of the Naval War College.From 2nd Battalion 6th Marines, which calls itself the Spartans, to ODA 316 of the Special Forces, whose forearms are tattooed with the lambda of Lakedaemon, today s young warriors find a bond to their ancient precursors in the historical narratives of these novels My struggles to earn a living as a writer it took seventeen years to get the first paycheck are detailed in my 2002 book, THE WAR OF ART I have worked as an advertising copywriter, schoolteacher, tractor trailer driver, bartender, oilfield roustabout and attendant in a mental hospital I have picked fruit in Washington state and written screenplays in Tinseltown With the publication of THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE in 1995, I became a writer of books once and for all My writing philosophy is, not surprisingly, a kind of warrior code internal rather than external in which the enemy is identified as those forms of self sabotage that I have labeled Resistance with a capital R in THE WAR OF ART and the technique for combatting these foes can be described as turning pro I believe in previous lives I believe in the Muse I believe that books and music exist before they are written and that they are propelled into material being by their own imperative to be born, via the offices of those willing servants of discipline, imagination and inspiration, whom we call artists My conception of the artist s role is a combination of reverence for the unknowable nature of where it all comes from and a no nonsense, blue collar demystification of the process by which this mystery is approached In other words, a paradox There s a recurring character in my books named Telamon, a mercenary of ancient days Telamon doesn t say much He rarely gets hurt or wounded And he never seems to age His view of the profession of arms is a lot like my conception of art and the artist It is one thing to study war, and another to live the warrior s life.. The best Kindle Do the Work “This is what you deserve. You could be good today. But instead you choose tomorrow.”--Marcus AureliusI 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 manifesto on how to "break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles." This book has helped me immensely in my own writing output.This week sees the release of the companion manifesto to "The War of Art," the second Domino Project release "Do the Work."In "War of Art," Pressfield introduced the idea of The Resistance, that unexplainable inner force that prevents us from accomplishing things. Something we all suffer from, yes, but something some of us are better at managing.I met so many people on my 30 Bars in 30 Days book tour who had their own apparent dreams of writing a novel. They'd see my book and go, "A self-hurt guide? Ha. I don't need to buy that. I could have written that!"And, I'd always snap back, "Well you didn't. I did."They couldn't have written it. Because they'd also wonder: “So, how long’d it take to write HOW TO FAIL?” When they found the answer was several years of intense effort, you could see the look of fear and self-doubt and mercy in their eyes. They would never do that work. Too much Resistance to overcome. Too much lack of immediate gratification. Too unreasonable to write that long with no road map laid out, with no potential reward.I know other writers, good writers, that just can't quite finish things. They have 90% of a manuscript, 95% of a screenplay, but they're frozen with an inability to complete the work. It's not perfect. It's not good enough. It could suck. It could flop. It's not "ready." What does that even mean? It's means The Resistance is defeating them. It means they are being too rational. "Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego," says Pressfield.It's too easy to think how utterly ridiculous it is to write a novel or make a movie or start a company or even get six-pack abs. No one you know does these things so you become an outlier amongst your friends and family for even attempting them. You become a source of mockery even for having such outlandish dreams.Thus, we are forced to become unconscious in our own work if we have these unreasonable dreams. "Let the unconscious do its work," say Pressfield. I do this through irrational confidence in the future success of my work. And by drinking. No better way to release the unconscious, to be irrational, to silence The Resistance in me than by popping a few beers or nursing a few glasses of bourbon.(Yeah, I know this is unorthodox thinking, I doubt the fine Mr. Pressfield endorses it, but it works for me, and I've written two more books than 99% of you.)Pressfield wants to encourage us to release this "second self, an unlived you" from inside of us. The second self that wants to write books, make movies, etc. but keeps convincing himself otherwise for the most silly and rational reasons."Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur's indispensable allies." Again, drinking helps get that ignorance and arrogance released, just like the sauced lout hitting on every pretty thing at the bar, thinking he's as suave as George Clooney."Don't think. Act." Drink some more. "Get your idea down on paper. You can always tweak it later." Drink. Then start writing.Be impetuous. Drink. Quit having an inner critic that judges you, that prevents you from doing things. Drink. And become impervious to it all.Work isn't pretty. Writing and creating art is just as primitive as hoeing fields. Pressfield says it's "better to be primitive than sophisticated, and better to be stupid than smart." Drink, drink, drink and you'll be pretty damn primitive and stupid eventually. Pressfield uses the indelible image of a women giving birth:"The hospital room may be spotless and sterile, but birth itself will always take place amid chaos, pain, and blood."To produce work we have to get dirty, we have to have this killer instinct, focusing only on the work at hand and the joy in creating it, and ignoring every inner and outer voice of resistance around us. "The War of Art" laid the ground work for tackling Resistance, "Do the Work" gives you the road-map. And, I'd add, a few drinks will give you the courage to slay the dragon of Resistance."Do the Work" is free on Kindle until May 20 so I'd pick that up now, but I'd also grab "The War of Art." I think that's a better overall book and a better place to start conquering The Resistance. Both these books could be knocked off over this weekend (perhaps while having a few drinks). No better time to start than the present. Then, on Monday, you can begin doing your own work.
Do the Work Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Do The Work felt as if he succomed to just throwing something out there and making money off it because of his previous reputation The book is less than a pages and each pages font is enlarged like a child s book and most pages aren t event completely filled Turning Pro and The War of Art will do you much better. Do the Work The Official Unrepentant, Ass Do the Work The Official Unrepentant, Ass Kicking, No Kidding, Change Your Life Sidekick to Unfu k Yourself Unfu k Yourself series Paperback October , by Gary John Bishop Author Do the Work Kindle edition by Pressfield, Steven Health 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 against Resistance a tool that will help you take action and successfully ship projects out the door There is an enemy. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield Jan , Do the Work is one of those short, Here s a helpful kick in the butt, so you won t feel you re all alone kind of books You can breeze through it in one sitting to know what it s about as I did yesterday evening , and then keep it on your Kindle to go back to whenever you do need that kick instead of wallowing in any Woe is me waste of time. Do the Work Do the Work is a non fiction book written by American author Steven Pressfield It is the follow up book to his previous work The War of Art In it he again presents his theory of the enemy of creative works, Resistance, that stops individuals from achieving their desired objectives. Do the Work Steven Pressfield Do the Work This book was Seth Godin s idea He had made a deal with to publish a series of short books and he asked me to write one The first one I showed him was the manuscript that would become The Warrior Ethos. Book Summary Do The Work by Steven Pressfield Sam Do The Work Summary The following is a list, in no particular order, of those activities that most commonly elicit Resistance The pursuit of any calling in writing, painting, music, film, dance, or any creative art, however marginal or unconventional The launching of any entrepreneurial venture or enterprise, for profit or otherwise. Do The Work The Work of Byron Katie The Work is a Practice Every time you do The Work you are becoming enlightened to who and what you are, the true nature of being To question what you believe is an amazing gift to give yourself, and you can have it all the days of your life. Just What Does It Mean to Do the Work United Church What does it mean to do the Work The words work, works and related words are found throughout the Bible Basically the passages fall into four categories God s work, Satan s work, our own work and the Work of God. The Work of Byron Katie As we do The Work of Byron Katie, not only do we remain alert to our stressful thoughts the ones that cause all the anger, sadness, and frustration in our world but we question them, and through that questioning the thoughts lose their power over us Great spiritual texts describe the what what it means to be free The Work is the how.