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Do the Work!

Do the Work!

Steven Pressfield

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INTRODUCTION

Do the work gives you step-by-step instructions on how to overcome and conquer Resistance - the biggest enemy of them all.

Do the work explains who and what your allies are and how to embrace and utilize them in your creative life or in your day  to day situations.

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STEVEN PRESSFIELD

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THE MORE TIME AND EFFORT YOU PUT INTO A BIG PROJECT, THE MORE RESISTANCE YOU'LL FACE

Is it surprising that most people spend their days doing work they don't like instead of the work they want to do?

  • If you put in the time and effort, you can overcome any resistance standing in your way. Happiness and success are the rewards for the persistent pursuit of one's dreams. Your happiness depends on how hard you work.
  • That's why many people choose jobs we wouldn't like. We don't feel as much pressure or worry about failing on our jobs because they aren't all that important to us.

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  • When we work on something we're interested in, we usually put in more time, effort, skills and abilities.
  • It's easy to take a pay check and leave a job that doesn't matter to you, but it's difficult to quit work that care about.

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STOP THINKING AND BEGIN WORKING

  • You already have the seed of your creative project planted or growing. But you may think it would be better if you had more time to think about it, 
  • Do a thorough study weigh pros and cons, and dive right in. 
  • People never get their ideas off the ground because they think too much. Many individuals regularly engage in this behaviour and fall behind because of it.
  • The time to start is before you feel completely prepared. You should do two things iteratively: ACT, REFLECT.

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"Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul's evolution, the more Resistance we will feel"

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YOU'RE NOT ONLY ONE EXPERIENCING RESISTANCE

  • You are not to blame. you can't merely blame your lack of drive, enthusiasm or motivation on these issues. There is nothing wrong with if you've many unfinished projects
  • Resistance hurts us emotionally, but it works in a way that is not personal and is natural
  • Everyone is feeling its effects. Think about the successful individuals. who's your favourite creative person who makes it seem so easy? All of them also encounter pushback.

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DEVELOP A RESEARCH DIET

  • Nothing hits closer to home than the feeling of having to write, produce a video, or giving a presentation. But it hurts to get halfway through and realize that you have done nothing. 
  • Since you've spent so much time reading and watching things about your subject, You think you're productive because you've read a few books and watched countless videos. The deadline for your project is near. Yet, you haven't even finished the first chapter.
  • If you can identify with this, start including a research diet in your projects. 

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  • Keeping to a research diet means watching fewer movies. It also means reading fewer interviews and listening to fewer podcasts. 
  • Instead of dedicating all your time to research, start your tasks. This will help identify the issues and confusions that need to be resolved. It also helps you make meaningful progress with the resources you are using.

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ALWAYS EXPECT YOU WILL FAIL

  • Pursuing excellence and consistent practice guarantees some disappointment along the way. If you put yourself out there and don't succeed.
  • Working at a job you don't like, the problems you face will seem less severe. But if you are passionate about what you do, it hurts much to encounter setbacks when you've put your heart and soul into your work.
  • However, there will be setbacks on the road to success in whichever endeavour you undertake. Although setbacks may be painful, they are still important. They are vital for personal growth, resilience and gaining the right perspective

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THINK BIG AND STOP ACTING SMALL

  • If you want to do great things, you can't settle for mediocrity in your job. You could try to get a home run by swinging for the fences instead of bunting or hitting a line drive for a single.
  • Do the Work elaborates on the idea that people should act from a position of strength. Turning it down is always an option. You'll never hit a fastball into the upper deck if you don't aim for the seats immediately 
  • Put aside your worries, doubts. Put your best foot forward, imagine the impossible and make this piece of art the one that defines you.

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"If we can't finish, all our work is for nothing."

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