Do the Work!

Do the Work!

Overcome Resistance and Get Out of your Own Way

Book - 2011
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Could you be getting in your way of producing great work? Have you started a project but never finished? Would you like to do work that matters, but don't know where to start?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.Picking up where The War of Art and Turning Pro left off, Do The Work takes the reader from the start to the finish of any long-form project--novel, screenplay, album, software piece, you name it.Do The Work identifies the predictable Resistance Points along the way and walks you through each of them. No, you are not crazy. No, you are not alone. No, you are not the first person to "hit the wall" in Act Two.Do The Work charts the territory. It's the stage-by-stage road map for taking your project from Page One to THE END.
Publisher: [USA] :, Do you Zoom, inc.,, [2011]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781936891375
Branch Call Number: 153.8 PRE
Characteristics: 98 pages ; 21 cm

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WendyLC
Nov 09, 2016

Negative stars, if I could. 6,000 words, of which the title is the only useful advice. While short as an op-ed piece, it cost someone 12.99, and in these few words he managed to be both self-aggrandizing and sexist.

And if this advice (which is so mushy and imprecise and conflicting, I'm not entirely sure what it is) worked so well for him, why is his entire life's output only eight novels and six screenplays? Obviously, he did not "do the work" himself often at all.

Full of mystical new age nonsense like "the universe is against you" and "the universe is actively rooting for you." Oh, please. The universe has no intent or caring about anything, much less one member of a short-lived species on a tiny plant in the outskirts of a middling galaxy. Get over yourself, dude. And why is he so obsessed with his testicles?

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LT
Jul 03, 2013

A simple, helpful, positive reminder. Definitely motivating, if you need your mental butt kicked.

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ClaireM_W
Jun 20, 2012

"The Artist's Way" distilled and written in an informal, punchy style. Still good advice.

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