Notes & Quotes: Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

Here's what i decided to highlight from Steven Pressfield's Do the Work:

Resistance is always lying and always full of shit.

Fear doesn't go away.  The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.

Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego.

The Greeks' greatest poet understood that genius did not reside within his fallible, mortal self -- but came to him instead from some source that he could neither command nor control, only invoke.

The problem with friends and family is that they know us as we are.  They are invested in maintaining us as we are.

Ignorance and arrogance are the artist and entrepreneur's indispensable allies.

Don't think.  Act.

Fear saps passion.

At the conception stage, the artist works by instinct.  What feels right?  What does she love?

Do you love your idea?  Does it feel right on instinct?  Are you willing to bleed for it?

Figure out where you want to go; then work backwards from there.

End first, then beginning and middle.  That's your startup, that's your plan for competing in a triathlon, that's your ballet.

We can never eliminate resistance.  It will never go away.  But we can outsmart it, and we can enlist allies that are as powerful as it is.

We must never forget that research can become resistance.

Fill in the gaps; then fill in the gaps in the gaps.

Get the first version of your project done form A to Z as fast you can.

Stay stupid.  Follow your unconventional, crazy heart.

Act, reflect.  Act, reflect.  NEVER act and reflect at the same time.

Assistance is the universal, immutable force of creative manifestation, whose role since the Big Bang has been to translate potential into being, to convert dreams into reality.

Ignore false negatives.  Ignore false positives.  Both are resistance.  Keep working.

Ask yourself, "what's missing?"  Then fill that gap.

The enemy is inside you.

If you've got a head, you've got a voice of resistance inside it.

The enemy is inside you, but it is not you.

You are the knight.  Resistance is the dragon.

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

The opposite of fear is love.

Test #1:  How bad do you want it?  Test #2: Why do you want it?

The only items you get to keep are love for the work, will to finish, and passion to serve the ethical, creative Muse.

Crashes are hell, but in the end they're good for us.

A crash does not mean we are losers.  A crash means we have to grow.

Our greatest fear is fear of success.

When we experience panic, it means that we're about to cross a threshold.  We're poised on the doorstep of a higher plane.

A professional does not take success or failure personally.

It's hard because it's hard.

If we can't finish, all our work is for nothing.

Our deepest fear is that we're powerful beyond measure.

We are all meant to shine.

Fear of success is the essence of resistance.

Slay that dragon once, and he will never have power over you again.

I stand in awe of anyone who hatches a dream and who shows the guts to hang tough, all alone, and see it through to reality.

Which ones are your favorites?  This book was a nice, simple read.  I completed it in three days and probably less than 4 hours total read time.