Do The Work - By Steven Pressfield

Date read: 
July 21, 2019
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The more important something is, the more Resistance we will feel towards it. Overcoming Resistance requires us to believe in the unbelievable, play dumb, act, and to start before we're ready. There's only one solution. Do the work!

Summary Notes

Here’s a keyboard, connected to the entire world. Here’s a publishing platform you can use to interact with just about anyone, just about any time, for free. You wanted a level playing field, one where you have just as good a shot as anyone else? Here it is. Do the work.

Resistance (i.e., fear, self-doubt, procrastination, addiction, distraction, timidity, ego and narcissism, self-loathing, perfectionism, etc.)

In other words, any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity.

Or, expressed another way, any act that derives from our higher nature instead of our lower.

Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.

Stay Stupid
The three dumbest guys I can think of: Charles Lindbergh, Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill. Why? Because any smart person who understood how impossibly arduous were the tasks they had set themselves would have pulled the plug before he even began.

A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.

Don’t think.

Be Stubborn
Once we commit to action, the worst thing we can do is to stop.

Start Before You’re Ready
Don’t prepare. Begin.

A Research Diet
You’re allowed to read three books on your subject. No more. Research can become Resistance. We want to work, not prepare to work.

If you and I want to do great stuff, we can’t let ourselves work small. A home-run swing that results in a strikeout is better than a successful bunt or even a line-drive single.

“God made a single sheet of yellow foolscap exactly the right length to hold the outline of an entire novel.”

Better to have written a lousy ballet than to have composed no ballet at all.

Chatter is your mother and father’s well-intentioned expressions of caution, seeking to shield you from hurting yourself. Chatter is your teachers’ equally well-meaning attempts at socialization, training you to follow the rules. Chatter is your friends’ regular-Joe buddy-talk, trying to make you like them and follow the rules of the pack.
Chatter is Resistance.

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