This is not the first review I publish about Steven Pressfield. This guy is fantastic. He is able to write with such precision that he doesn’t need more than a hundred pages.
Do The Work is short, but good as hell. It’s divided in four parts (beginning, middle x2, end), showing how to how and why you should get the work done, and the inner forces (resistance) that will try to impede you to.
If you find yourself hesitating of where to start or why you haven’t done it yet, get the book. It’ll nudge you to do the work and find the way to make it happen.
Simple, short and sharp.
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“Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego.”
“The deeper the source we work from, the better our stuff will be—and the more transformative it will be for us and for those we share it with.”
“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.”
“Once we commit to action, the worst thing we can do is to stop.”
“When we conquer our fears, we discover a boundless, bottomless, inexhaustible well of passion.”
“Only two things will remain with us across the river: our inhering genius and the hearts we love.”
“Start Before You’re Ready.”
“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 we can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do.”
“«Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.» Begin it now.”
“Don’t overthink. Don’t overprepare. Don’t let research become Resistance. Outline it fast. Now. On instinct.”
“Do you love your idea? Does it feel right on instinct? Are you willing to bleed for it?”
“Get your idea down on paper. You can always tweak it later.”
“Start at the End. Figure out where you want to go; then work backwards from there.”
“Answer the Question “What Is This About?” Your movie, your album, your new startup … what is it about? When you know that, you’ll know the end state. And when you know the end state, you’ll know the steps to take to get there.”
“Research can be fun. It can be seductive. That’s its danger. We need it, we love it. But we must never forget that research can become Resistance.”
“One rule for first full working drafts: get them done ASAP. Don’t worry about quality. Act, don’t reflect. Momentum is everything. Get to THE END as if the devil himself were breathing down your neck and poking you in the butt with his pitchfork.”
“How bad do you want it?”
“Why do you want it?”
“The only items you get to keep are love for the work, will to finish, and passion to serve the ethical, creative Muse.”
“A crash means we have to grow.”
“Panic is good. It’s a sign that we’re growing.”
“Finishing is the critical part of any project. If we can’t finish, all our work is for nothing. When we ship, we declare our stuff ready for prime time. It takes balls of steel to ship. Ship it.”