This is short (2 hours) motivational book. It’s written in an engaging style. The main idea if you want results you should do the work.
The author encourages to distance yourself from your own bad habits and lack of discipline. I think that’s an interesting idea which might yield better results.
This book feels like more like a summary essay of the author’s previous book "The War of Art". I haven’t read it yet, but even the foreword makes it very clear.
Below are my highlights.
Orientation: Enemies And Allies
The book introduces the concept of Resistance:
any act that rejects immediate gratification in favor of long-term growth, health, or integrity.
Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it
Don’t think. Act. We can always revise and revisit once we’ve acted. But we can accomplish nothing until we act.
What will keep us from stopping? Plain old stubbornness.
Fear saps passion. When we conquer our fears, we discover a boundless, bottomless, inexhaustible well of passion.
Swing for the seats
Here’s a trick that screenwriters use: work backwards. Begin at the finish.
Start with the theme. What is this project about?
Research can be fun. It can be seductive. That’s its danger. We need it, we love it. But we must never forget that research can become Resistance.
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.
It progresses in two stages: action and reflection. Act, reflect. Act, reflect. NEVER act and reflect at the same time.
Our job is not to control our idea; our job is to figure out what our idea is (and wants to be)—and then bring it into being.
And then we hit the wall.
There Is an Enemy
This Enemy Is Implacable
This Enemy Is Inside You
The Enemy Is Inside You, But It Is Not You
The “Real You” Must Duel the “Resistance You”
Resistance Arises Second
The Opposite of Resistance Is Assistance
What comes first is the idea, the passion, the dream of the work we are so excited to create that it scares the hell out of us.
Resistance’s Two Tests. Each question has only one correct answer.
Test Number One: How bad do you want it?
- Intrigued but Uncertain
- Totally Committed
Test Number Two: Why do you want it?
- For the babes (or the dudes)
- The money
- For fame
- Because I deserve it
- For power
- To prove my old man (or ex-spouse, mother, teacher, coach) wrong
- To serve my vision of how life/mankind ought to be
- For fun or beauty
- Because I have no choice
Crashes are hell, but in the end they’re good for us.
Because finishing is the critical part of any project. If we can’t finish, all our work is for nothing.