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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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. There is an intelligent, active, malign force working against us. Step one is to recognize this. This recognition alone is enormously powerful. It saved my life, and it will save yours.” For other titles like Do the Work, visit for more information.
©2010 Steven Pressfield (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By Sara on 08-02-14

Powerhouse of Motivation

Short. To the point. Helpful with getting through the pondering and oft times paralyzed stage of projects and creation. Upbeat and encouraging. A book I have listened to several times and will definitely play again. A highly recommended positive motivator.

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By Loki Liesmith on 06-25-12

Good Information

Read Pressfield's 'The War of Art' first; this book is a good follow-up to that.

'The War of Art' delineates the enemy of creative work as internal Resistance; it defines Resistance's various incarnations (procrastinating, creating drama, keeping busy with less-important tasks, etc.), and points the way toward defeating Resistance by "turning pro".

'Do the Work' moves on from there to give more detailed instructions and advice on how to overcome Resistance. This includes the counterintuitive admonition to:

"Stay stupid": Ignorance & arrogance are the artist’s & entrepreneur’s indispensible allies. Be clueless enough not to know how difficult the project will be, & cocky enough to believe you can pull it off anyway.

"Begin before you're ready". Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it now.

Don’t over-think, over-prepare, or let research become resistance.

Begin at the finish: Figure out where you want to go, then work backwards from there.

This book has many other gems, such as the Seven Principles of Resistance, the Two Tests of Resistance, the inevitability of the Big Crash (the 'wall' you'll hit when everything seems to be going well) and the two axioms to keep in mind while working through it.

Will 'Do the Work' revolutionize your life or your creative work? Maybe not. But it's great inspiration and a new way of looking at the problem of making art, and for that it's definitely worth it.

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By Neil on 02-23-14

Hit's the nail on the head!

Would you listen to Do the Work again? Why?

I've already listened to this book twice and will no doubt listen to over and over again. It's short, easy to digest and gets straight ti the point.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact that Seven has clearly 'been there done' that so found it really easy to relate to.

What does Steven Pressfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Stevens sincerity shines through and as such I found it to be a really positive experience, not just another audio book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did.

Any additional comments?

An excellent piece of motivational material. 5 stars!!

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By D. J. O'donnell on 04-06-15

To the point

Concise and to the point.

Having succeeded a few times with projects in life I can relate to the content.

Now I spend too much time researching, procrastinating and pleasing others.

Back to what works.

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By carl on 05-31-17

Ignore the cover; this book has magic in it!

If you're working on a creative project Steven does an excellent job helping you to get your head around the "how to" aspects. An excellent resource.

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By Liam on 11-30-17

Awesome, something to listen to over and over.

This contains staple motivational concepts that connect at a really deep level.

Steven Pressfield delivers them passionately and it is a joy to listen to!!

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