Do the Work – Book summary/ review

Book-review - Do the work

What is This About?

I want to internalize what I have read by applying it and at the same time condense the content in such a way that it can also convey knowledge to you quickly.

And how does it become a blog post now?

 The answer: Do the work! 

 The first step is often easier said than done: Stop thinking and do the work! Fight the resistance in you and just do it. 

„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.”*

Do not get lost in research and start before you feel ready – trust the process. Of course, in the further process profound researches should follow, but not yet. Don’t get lost in the infinite pull of resistance . Once you have started the work, the process becomes a self-runner and the first step is followed by the second step all by itself.

And how do you actually start?

Grab a piece of paper and divide it into thirds. Now make the first basic sketch of the project based on three acts. Act One, Act Two and Three. In the last third you write down the hoped-for final result: find out where the journey is going to go. To know that, ask yourself the question:

“What is This About?”

Follow the logical chain backwards and record in the second third what the path to the goal looks like once the project has begun. 
Finally, take care of the first act: What are the requirements and how do you get the game going?
Keep the plan short. Don’t get tangled up in details but keep it as simple as possible.

Now that the plan is in place: Do the work!
And while you’re at it, let the following four principles guide you:

  • Stay Primitive: Dont overthink! Trust the process and your raw instincts

  • Trust the soup:  As soon as the project has started, the work becomes easier. Ideas come as if by magic. Trust the muse. Trust yourself.

  • Swing for the Seats: “If you and I want to do great stuff, we can’t let ourselves work small.”*

  • Be ready for Resistance: “Resistance is a repelling force. It’s negative. Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, prevent us from doing our work.”* **

*Pressfield, Steven. Do the Work . The Domino Project/Black Irish Entertainment. Kindle-Version.

** For more on the subject of resistance, I recommend: Pressfield, Steven. The War of Art

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