Pressfield’s Do The Work [A Review]

Steve Pressfield’s ‘Do The Work’ was the first book I’ve ever full read on my iPad… I know right ?!?

I normally like the tactility of a real book, or the effectiveness of an audiobook; but I decided to support Seth Godin’s Domino Project and grab the free Kindle version.
… and it was good. Both the book and the kindle experience.

So, in an effort to keep focused and ‘Do The Work’, I’ve decided to simply list the best of my ‘Kindle Highlights’ and encourage you to go a grab your own copy of this awesome book over at Amazon.
 

  • Start at the End
  • Figure out where you want to go; then work backwards from there.
  • Any project or enterprise can be broken down into beginning, middle, and end. Fill in the gaps; then fill in the gaps between the gaps.
  • One rule for first full working drafts: get them done ASAP. Don’t worry about quality. Act, don’t reflect. Momentum is everything.
  • The Process… Let’s talk about the actual process—the writing/composing/ idea generation process. It progresses in two stages: action and reflection. Act, reflect. Act, reflect. NEVER act and reflect at the same time
  • Suspend All Self-Judgment
  • Paddy Chayefsky famously said, “As soon as I figure out the theme of my play, I write it down on a thin strip of paper and Scotch-tape it to the front of my typewriter. After that, nothing goes into that play that isn’t on-theme.”
  • That was when I realized I had become a pro. I had not yet had a success. But I had had a real failure.

about-pete
Pete Williams is an entrepreneur, author, and marketer from Melbourne, Australia.

Before being honored “Australia’s Richard Branson” in media publications all over the continent, Pete was just 21 years old when he sold Australia’s version of Yankee Stadium, The Melbourne Cricket Ground For Under $500! Don’t believe it? You will! Check out the story in the FAQ section (it really is our most asked question).

Since then, he’s done some cool stuff like write the international smash hit ‘How to Turn Your Million-Dollar Idea Into a Reality’ (+ the upcoming ‘It’s Not About the Product‘) and he’s created a bunch of companies including Infiniti Telecommunications, On Hold Advertising, Simply Headsets and Preneur Group.

Lots of other people think he’s pretty good too! He’s been announced as the Global Runner-Up in the JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Awards for 2009, the Southern Region Finalist in the Ernst & Young 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year, and a member of SmartCompany’s Top 30 Under 30.

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