Do the Work

Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way
by Steven Pressfield | Black Irish Entertainment © 2015 · 112 pages

Steven Pressfield created a trilogy on mastering the creative process and winning our battle with Resistance. The War of Art kicked it off, this is the second installment with the final Turning Pro. In the book, Pressfield walks us thru a specific project and shows us how to deal with Resistance at each stage. Big Ideas we explore incude starting before you're ready, keep working (!), and SHIP!!

On the field of the Self stand a knight and a dragon. You are the knight. Resistance is the dragon.
Steven Pressfield

“This book is designed to coach you through a project (a book, a ballet, a new business venture, a philanthropic enterprise) from conception to finished product, seeing it from the point of view of Resistance.

We’ll hit every predictable Resistance Point along the way—those junctures where fear, self-sabotage, procrastination, self-doubt, and all those other demons we’re all so familiar with can be counted on to strike.

Where butts need to be kicked, we shall kick them. Where kinder, gentler methods are called for, we’ll get out the kid gloves.”

~ Steven Pressfield from Do the Work

Steven Pressfield has created a trilogy on the creative process: The War of Art, Do the Work and Turning Pro. I’ve read each of them multiple times.

They’re really (!) good. Concise, inspiring, awesome. (And, of course, we have Notes on all three.)

Do the Work is the second installment in the trilogy where Pressfield walks us through how to move through Resistance as we approach the three phases of any creative project—specifically, Beginning, Middle and End.

It’s PACKED with Big Ideas. I could literally open any random page and pull a Big Idea to create this Note. (Get the book here.)

For now, I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in!

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About the author


Steven Pressfield

American author of historical fiction, non-fiction, and screenplays.