Interview with Steve Pressfield: Overcoming Resistance and Doing the Work
It’s the insidious force that threatens to stop us in our tracks and prevent us from doing the work that truly matters - whether that work is writing a book, launching a business or pursuing any other creative venture that poised to make an impact.
With 10 books and 34 screenplays under his belt, including the Legend of Bagger Vance and the classic, The War of Art, bestselling author and historian, Steven Pressfield, knows a thing or two about Resistance and how to overcome it.
Earlier this week, Steve and I had an opportunity to chat about his newest book, Do the Work, and what it really means to navigate around Resistance in order to take a project from start to finish.
During our interview, Steve shared some incredible insights and wisdom on several aspects of doing great work, including:
- two questions you must ask yourself before starting any project
- how ideas develop - and why they don’t come linearly
- the relationship between action and reflection (and why you don’t do both at once!)
- how research and preparation can morph into resistance
My conversation with Steve shifted my own thinking in a powerful way, so I trust you’ll enjoy hearing our conversation.
Download the interview here.
Or, you can listen via streaming audio here.
And, I highly recommend you check out Do the Work, a powerful book which he published in partnership with Seth Godin’s The Domino Project - and officially launches today!
I love this book (read it twice already) and trust Steve’s book will be a game changer for you, regardless of the type of meaningful work you’re wanting to ship out into the world.
After you’ve listened to the interview or read Steve’s book, I welcome your thoughts and comments on what you found valuable in overcoming resistance and doing the work!