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Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

Summary
  1. “This book is designed to coach you through a project (business venture, ballet, philanthropic enterprise) from conception to finished product, seeing it from the point of view of Resistance…those junctures where fear, self-sabotage, procrastination, self-doubt, and all those other demons we’re all so familiar with can be counted upon to strike.”
Key Takeaways
  1. Your enemies include resistance, rational thought and at times friends and family
  2. Your allies include stupidity, stubbornness, passion, blind faith, assistance and friends and family
  3. The book is broken down into 4 parts – beginning, middle, middle part 2 and end
    1. Beginning – Stay primitive. Trust the Soup (your muse). Swing for the fences. Be ready for Resistance
    2. Middle
      1. Seven Principles of Resistance  there is an enemy; this enemy is implacable; this enemy is inside you; the enemy is inside you, but it is not you; you are not to blame for the resistance you hear in your head; the “real you” must duel the “resistance you”; resistance arises second; the opposite of resistance is assistance
      2. Two Tests – How bad do you want it? and Why do you want it?
    3. Middle part 2 – Expect a big crash and don’t take failure personally
    4. End  – finishing is the critical part of any product; Fear of success is the essence of resistance; Stay stupid. Trust the Soup. Start before you’re ready.
What I got out of it
  1. I like the message that Pressfield is sending – expect to encounter resistance, trust the “soup” (your muse) and once you overcome resistance you will have the confidence to tackle it again and again in the future. This book is for anybody, in any field, at any point in their lives who wants to get better at breaking through this daunting barrier.