Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” Begin it now. – William Hutchison Murray
Do the Work is one of 3 short books written by Steve Pressfield on the challenges faced by artists/entrepreneurs on their path to creating great work. The Steve Pressfield Trilogy Includes:
- War of Art which deals with Resistance to creative work and pursuit. The key to defying Resistance is to
- Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way and
- Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work.
Do the Work shares insights on how to begin doing the work, after navigating Resistance which he expounded on in the War of Art.
Here are some of my favourite TakeAways from reading Do the Work by Steve Pressfield: