Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
At less than 100 pages, this book is an extremely quick read!
Even more so because the font is rather large and very spaced out, meaning that you can easily read the whole book in under an hour!
What’s the book about?
“Do The Work” is all about how to tackle big projects.
When we have a big task to work on, it can be very difficult to start and even harder to finish, because something called “resistance” gets in our way. This book is all about the different types of resistance and how to overcome them so that you can complete your project.
The book takes you through every step on the road to completing these mammoth tasks, including;
- Getting the project started
- Tackling that part in the middle where you are hit with every form of resistance
- Completing the project
- Getting it out there! (Although this may seem like the easiest part, it can actually be one of the hardest parts as you are now opening yourself up for potential rejection.)
Project: Writing a book…
The example that the author uses is the project of writing a book, however, the principles outlined can apply to any large project or big challenges that you have to undertake.
…but if you are planning to write a book, then so much the better.
My favorite quotes from the book
“Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur’s indispensable allies. She must be clueless enough to have no idea how difficult an enterprise is going to be and cocky enough to believe she can pull it off anyway.”
We can spend far too long thinking about a task that we never actually get our hands dirty and start it!
I always advise people (and myself) to “just start!” Just go ahead and start the project, momentum will help keep you going and you will learn what you need to learn along the way,
I have my own quote that I use as a motivational tool when I’m struggling with a big task, and that is:
“Short-term pain for long-term gain!”
Although working on a big task such as writing a book or building a website can be painful at the time, I remind myself of the above quote. Once the job is done, that’s it! And in the long-term, I will continue to reap the rewards for all my hard work.
I actually have mixed feelings about this book.
I do love the fact that the book is short and to the point. That allows you to read the book, and then get on with the work, rather than spending too much time reading and not actually executing on the project. (We readers can all be guilty of that!)
There is some very useful information contained within its pages. For example, I really like the parts where the author explains how to get over resistance and keep going without procrastinating.
On the downside, I’m not a huge fan of the design and layout of the book. The book is self-published. I have nothing against that (I’m a self-published author myself), however, I found the mix of fonts and text sizes rather confusing at times.
Also, and in complete contradiction to what I said earlier, I do wonder if the book is too short. I’ve never had that thought about a book before and I usually praise authors for creating straight-to-the-point reads, however, in this case, there were times where I felt as though I wanted more information and the content was a little too cut back.
What did you think?
This review is my personal opinion of “Do The Work.”
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