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Do the Work, outlines ways to help you conquer your fears, stop procrastinating and accomplish the things you've long desired. Learn about the many ways you can fight resistance, the negative internal force that tries to stop all of us from reaching our goals.
Steve Pressfield is a writer of nonfiction, historical fiction and screenplays. His first book, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was made into a Hollywood film in 2000. He’s also the author of the bestselling book, The War of Art.
I read Do the Work in less than 15 mins and these are some of the key pieces of information I took away.
Ambition and self-awareness are the real keys to achieving any goal, but they’re always under threat by a common enemy: resistance.
It’s better to act first and reflect on it later, especially when you’re starting a new project. Start focusing on doing work, not thinking about it
Action means putting words on the page, while reflection means evaluating what you’ve written the next day. Don’t try to do these two things at the same time; instead, create productive schedules and structures for yourself.
Find your love for your work, and for what you have already created.
You must be completely committed to pushing yourself toward your goal, which is why the only answer to this question that will allow you to push on is “totally committed.”
The second question is, why do you want this? It’s alright if you want something just for the fun or beauty of it, but your answer should include something along the lines of, “because I have no choice.”
Often we stop dead in our tracks just when we’re about to start achieving real success. Instead of just going for it, we can overthink our actions. Take the time you need to identify your enemies and allies along the path to your goal, and stay focused. Remember that challenges are just an opportunity to grow stronger; you can defeat resistance if you remain completely dedicated.
Focus on the joy and satisfaction your work brings you, rather than on the fear of failure. Conquering this fear is a major step toward always working with passion.
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