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Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way Paperback – 13 Mar 2015
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While Do the Work is not a panacea it gives that force that blocks you from starting and staying with a project a definite name. Once you know its name you are over half way to understanding it. And understanding the problem is the next half to overcome it.
I found the first half of this short booklet most useful as it is written in an analytical style which engenders reflexion on your particular circumstance. Later in the book Pressfield’s style becomes dangerously close to those coffee mugs you see in the work canteen cupboard: Pithy saying printed on ceramic cups purchased by the owner in a moment of inner high motivation.
Once you identify Resistance and how it manifests itself in your world Pressfield outlines a number of strategies for dealing with it. A strong point of the book is it flexibility and width in offering a variety of potential solutions without ever becoming too narrow.
Everyone’s Resistance has a different tap room and being able to identify this is a massive help in overcoming creative inertia.
Everyone who reads this book will get something out of it and many will get a lot form it. As I did. And you’ll probably read it more than one. Its style also makes you write in short sentences. Like this. For a bit.
Pressfield gives you the tools to be open and honest about yourself and your justifications for not doing what you know you should do. His ultimate message is clear and sound Do the Work !!!!
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A brilliant, short, punch in the arm for all those creative people suffering from low self-esteem and feeling blocked.
Any time I start a new project I read through this and find the motivation to get past the 'this is rubbish' feeling.
Get it, keep it by your desk/bed/favourite armchair and keep a notebook handy.