- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Black Irish Entertainment LLC (13 Mar. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936891379
- ISBN-13: 978-1936891375
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way Paperback – 13 Mar 2015
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Top Customer Reviews
Many people have found Steven Pressfield's book " The war of Art" to be very useful in overcoming resistance or procrastination and " Do the work" is basically a distillation of that book.
I do have very mixed feelings about his approach. For overcoming writers block I have found it to be somewhat useful . Even successful and prolific writers sometimes have problems and seeing this resistance as something to be fought and overcome can be quite helpful.
However I did find the writing to be overwrought, self-dramatising and often very inconsistent. Also it seemed a bit too personal to the author.
I have found books that give far more practical advice to be a lot more useful. Pressfield's approach only seems to deal with one possible reason for procrastination.
The psychologist Albert Ellis in his Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy approach has a lot of methods to deal with "Low Frustration Tolerance" (which seems similar to resistance) and these seem to be much more useful than the mystical approach that book uses.
For areas other than dealing with a writer's block I think that his ideas might actually be harmful and de-motivating. He makes everything seem really difficult and not really enjoyable. It hardly makes you want to start work on a potentially difficult project!
Edit: I wrote this review when it was available for a free download and gave it three stars. It is currently very poor value for money.
"Resistance is the shadow cast by the innovative self's sun"
"The enemy is Resistance"
"Break the sheet of foolscap into three parts: beginning, middle, and end."
It felt like an endless series of encouragements with no value: You can do it, do it, resistance is the enemy, fight the resistance, do it. And worst of all the book encourages people not to plan, not to think, not to prepare. Just DO IT!
That's how many companies went bankrupt - they did not think, they just did it. In the stupidest possible ways.
As far as it goes, it's not too bad; I found some of the aphorisms quite useful. However, I wouldn't describe it as unique; there are many other books (some much longer and more detailed) that I feel provide better advice and much more of it. However, the most important thing is if the reader finds it of value, and that comes down to personal taste.
I downloaded it when it was free, but it seems that it now comes with a price tag, and I'm not entirely sure that I feel it worth even the relatively low price currently listed. However, I did enjoy reading it, so I still feel comfortable giving it 3 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're a fretter like I am and need a friend to help give form to the emotions that come when you want with all your heart to start but just can't ... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A quick read. Really helps get the right brain patterns firing in the morning. Highly recommend it. Looking forward to ready more from the author.Published 7 months ago by Brendan Walkin
I loved this book. It had a voice that came from a place of experience and wisdom. I didn't feel like I was being sold on anything but the absolute truth. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Shaun
It’s hard to start a project – or simply just a thing. Even to write this short review I had to overcome what Steven Pressfield calls in his book Resistance. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Marsden
It is by far an amazing book.
The difference from other of its similar kind is that these book and content makes true sense.
You will learn great deal. Read more
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