Book Category: Motivational,

Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way (book summary)

Author: Steven Pressfield
Life Changing Principles
Quality of Writing
Overall Value
pros: Very to-the-point, encouraging, motivational
cons: None
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Quick Summary

Pressfield’s Do the Work simply encourages us to do the work. Period.

Key Insights

  • Resistance aims to kill
  • Once we commit to action, the worst thing we can do is to stop
  • Start before you’re ready
  • Big difference between thinking and chatter
  • Resistance is the enemy and it is inside you
  • The “Real You” must duel with the “Resistance You.”
  • The opposite of resistance is assistance
  • Slay the dragon once, and he will never have power of you again

Personal Application

  • Stop researching so much and just start when you want to try something new
  • Understand that the universe does not want you to make progress so work hard

Meaningful Quotes (Optional)

“The problem with friends and family is that they know us as we are. They are invested in maintaining us as we are. The last thing we want is to remain as we are.””

“On the field of the Self stand a knight and a dragon. You are the knight. Resistance is the dragon.”

“Stay stupid. Follow your unconventional, crazy heart.”

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