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Do the Work

Written by: Steven Pressfield
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Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
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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 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 thedominoproject.com for more information.

©2010 Steven Pressfield (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Great work!

Excellent! After hearing it, I feel like an artist!
It's only a matter of time that I am going to ship my product!! Thanks Stephen! The world is worth living because of you few people.

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Short but effective.

Beware it will destroy your view on life and how wrong you were the whole. how much you have wasted your time which you thought was productive. But all is not lost, after this you will get a new view on how to do the work.

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summary of various ideas

important topic but could have been summarized in a short article. Seth Godin is invoked often since a lot of the ideas are recurring themes in Seth's books as well.

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Enriching

Found the reference to this book through a video, when I searched for it and found that I could complete listening to it in an hour and a half, I was tempted to savour it immediately, just in one night lying on my bed before falling off to sleep.

Listened to it while taking a walk in the park. New ways of looking at challenges, very inspiring, just the thing i had been looking for to get to work.

Thanks Steven!

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tiny little book which weighs so much!

Its a small read but very very important one! Authors points are crystal clear as his voice! Everyone must read it to 'do the work which is supposed to be done'... i loved it. Thanks Steve!

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it has the much needed motivation to do and finish the work. love listening to it.

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short and motivating

Steven kept it short but unfolded what you need to do to ship, short and simple.

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Only one book is needed for Productivity

Only one book is needed for Productivity. resistance...over come it to Live thrive..no one has ever explained it better

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Missing some chapters

Loved it!
but It seems like parts of the book are missing.
(Author ends Chap 6 with "now we'll return to the program", hinting there's more to come. but nothing recorded in Audible. 🙄)

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  • Sara
  • 02-08-14

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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  • Steven
  • 02-01-12

Get your butt in gear and do the work.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely recommended for anybody doing any type of creative work.

What did you like best about this story?

The straightforward talk about resistance to getting work done.

What about Steven Pressfield’s performance did you like?

I like his frank, nearly choppy, style.

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

This book echos in my head!

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  • Loki Liesmith
  • 25-06-12

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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  • kwinebold
  • 08-12-13

CliffsNotes for The War of Art

I love Pressfield's The War of Art, and what you get here is the outline of that original and nothing more. There's nothing new here, and nothing worth the cost of purchase. It feels like a bit of sleight of hand, a new twist to squeeze juice from the rind. Or more appropriately, money from your pocket. It's not like it's simplifying a complex, difficult, or even lengthy read. The War of Art is less than three hours, utterly accessible, and worth every minute. This is just a scam, a rewrite of that title using nothing but delete. If you haven't read it already, invest your money in The Art of War. It's worth every minute and every penny. And if you have read it, don't waste your time or money here. You've already got everything Pressfield appears to have to say on this subject. Reread it. It's still worth it, even the second time. I give this title three stars only because the original information is still valuable. But I genuinely resent having paid for that information twice.

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  • Yumi Wilson
  • 06-10-15

excellent book!

I loved how matter-of-fact he is and holds no punches. it was nice to listen to such passion in what he was telling you. I loved the audio book so much I bought the paperback so I can mark it up and tag the good stuff!

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  • GooBooksToronto
  • 26-06-12

Don't Live Life Without It

If you could sum up Do the Work in three words, what would they be?

To the point

What was one of the most memorable moments of Do the Work?

This is a no BS approach to staying in the game, to living your life. Steven's voice is awesome and inspiring

What about Steven Pressfield’s performance did you like?

I could taste the passion. His performance was brilliant!

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Everything. I've listened to the book 3x in a row and I'm quoting from it to my friends.

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  • Stephen G. Shearman
  • 26-08-11

5 Stars for "Do the Work"

"Do the Work" was well worth my time and money. Though Pressfield is a book and movie writer many of his personal apt personal examples of finishing an idea, book, script, etc are applicable to just about anyone taking on any big challenge. I am a PhD student, nearing the finish line and just hit my 'wall', struggeling to get past some difficult courses, and this book was a heavens send. Again, many take-a-ways especially for any writer but valueable for anyone else who is jumping out on faith and following a dream or idea.

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  • Virginia
  • 22-02-12

Love it

Short ... simple ... amusing and to the point ... it's a very good listen for those who need to start writing or begin with any project ... funny at times ... but inspiring always ... worth your time and money

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  • ANDRÉ
  • 24-12-12

Good, Small Book

A little bit more than one hour, with lots of contents. I liked it! I would have given it 5 stars if it was longer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-12-11

I bought three copies for friends

Where does Do the Work rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

It is one of the better audio books I have listened to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Do the Work?

There are many memorable moments that I could detail, but that would take too long.

Which scene was your favorite?

One of my favorite parts was when he talked about the routine of creativity.

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  • D. J. O'donnell
  • 06-04-15

reasonable self help

not the best book but some valid content about getting stuff done, stop procrastinating and do the work. my method is to plan out the day.

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  • Neil
  • 23-02-14

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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  • Brindusa Gabur
  • 19-12-13

Geat and insightful book

What did you like most about Do the Work?

I like the concise element, but full of great stories that can make you ponder away.

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  • Tassio
  • 16-01-20

Every procrastinator should listen to this

I totally recommend this book as it is short but explains so well how we might be our greatest enemy when chasing dreams and that we must take control before it's too late.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-12-19

phenomenon life-changing excellent book,

if you're an artist and you read this book you will be forever changed and I believe it's a pivotal step in your journey to success an absolute must-read

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  • wendy
  • 26-11-17

keep it coming, next chapter please

well crafted weapons to take down the top foe, Resistance! the “little guy” on your shoulder.

..:Recommended:..

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  • MarkPT
  • 11-10-17

Great, short, kick up the butt

Love Pressfields previous books and whilst this is short it's straight to the point and not only motivates you, but makes yiu realise the small. Things and thoughts that often question your logic, make you procrastnate or just stall you from stalling, doing and knowing what's next..... Will. Keep on phone as a reminder!

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  • Gari
  • 15-08-17

Love this little book!

I owe a debt of gratitude to the author for articulating what goes on in my mind when working on new projects! Read it!

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  • Kentoski
  • 30-04-17

Punchy and Powerful

Pressfield doesn't mince his words - he sears them quickly over a blowtorch and lays them, charred and bloody on your plate.

If you want to think about doing something, read someone else. If you want to actually achieve something, read Pressfield.

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  • Lauren Michelle
  • 28-04-17

If you're procrastinating, this is for you!

I'm about to launch a YouTube channel. For a month I was all fired up, nothing and no one could stop my momentum. Then I hit a wall. Resistance. Steven explains the creative process and the resistance you go through so brilliantly in this book, you'll wish you found it years ago. And he's wonderful to listen to!

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  • J.A. Summers
  • 04-07-17

The type of book you'll read (or listen to) again

Short and to the point - the kick in the ass every creative needs every now and again.

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  • carl
  • 31-05-17

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 &quot;how to&quot; aspects. An excellent resource.

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  • Sakshi Dez
  • 26-02-19

transform into a DOER

Steven is brilliant in his words. Read this book and do the actions to join in the elite handful of people that do.

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  • Walid
  • 31-05-18

Very insightful on blockers in your life

Simple but effective in helping you overcome obstacles in your way. Very well read, entertaining and funny.

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  • Michael
  • 09-04-18

Recommend for anyone commited to Something

a very potent book. Defines the problem we all have undertaking massive task, explains and provides prinicples on how to overcome it.

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  • L
  • 30-11-17

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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  • liz
  • 14-09-17

We all need reminding

I have returned to this book again and been delightfully reminded that the effort to make change is huge but worth it. No one that attempts anything worthwhile achieved it without the constant battle between that which you want to bring to the world and the internal resistance to stay small.

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  • Praveen
  • 15-03-16

Awesome!!

Loved it. The narration was good. The concepts are easy to understand with examples. I would love to read more from this author.

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  • Tess Huffam
  • 13-03-16

Get motivated/free yourself to fulfil your dreams.

Helpful to take a look at internal resistance versus strategies to assist in reaching your goals. Important messages which have helped me.

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  • Daniel
  • 25-01-20

Exactly what is needed for anyone creating

They perfect combination of brutal facts, caring support, and enthusiastic drive to help anyone consider launching or leaping in creative work, business, life.

Well read, good passion moved me and was real.

Well done.