Book Review: Do The Work by Steven Pressfield

“On the field of the Self stand a knight and a dragon. 

You are the knight. 

Resistance is the dragon.

There is no way to be nice to the dragon, or to reason with it or negotiate with it or beam a white light around it and make it your friend. The dragon belches fire and lives only to block you from reaching the gold of wisdom and freedom, which it has been charged to guard to its final breath. 

The only intercourse possible between the knight and the dragon is battle.”

After reading this book, you will know everything there is to know about this battle and you will be ready to face it. This is one of the most inspirational, powerful, motivating and revealing books I have ever read. I cannot even begin to describe how valuable it is and I am still blown away that everyone is able to get it ... for free. For some reason I think Seth and his team got this book sponsored simply because it would be very hard to place a price on a book as valuable as this. 

Are you looking to start something? Anything? Anything that you have been dying to start doing but have always resisted because of some small fear? That fear (the resistance aka the dragon) can manifest itself in a variety of ways (personally my biggest fear has always been time). The thoughts in this book will help you better understand that fear and equip you with the tools to eradicate it. 

This is one of those books that you will keep referring back to, almost like a manual for inspiration. There are countless gems of insight in this book that you will find yourself drawing on at any given moment. One of my personal favourites is the following: 

Stay stupid.

Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur’s indispensable allies. She must be clueless enough to have no idea how difficult her enterprise is going to be - and cocky enough to believe she can pull it off anyway. 

A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman.” 

Steve Jobs was mentioned in this book by the author as being someone who abides by this principle. I find that quite fitting because if I recall from a TED talk (it was actually a recorded speech that Steve Jobs gave to the graduating class of Stanford), Steve Jobs ended the talk by saying, “Stay foolish.” Maybe sometimes we need to stop thinking like adults and start thinking like children. Children who have such an innocent sense of naivety that they can believe things which we as adults may consider ridiculous. Have you ever stopped and asked yourself, is it really ridiculous? As this book will tell you, perhaps it’s just the dragon, breathing some fire again. 

Do yourself a favour and read this book. Then do yourself a bigger favour and share this book. THEN, do yourself the biggest favour and talk about this book with the person you shared it with (or, if you’re like me and have no one to share it with because you’re reading it on a plane ... write about it and then share what you’ve written). 

Do the work.