The Beginning

In the book, Do the Work, Steven Pressfield talks about the self-sabotage we do to ourselves and what to do to overcome that self-sabotage. Here are my reflections on the topic in the book.

All important or worthy effort can boil down to three acts: the beginning, the middle, and the end.

To begin, we only need to remember the following three things:

“Stay Primitive”

The birth of any artistic creation, just like the biological one, can be very messy.

The artists and innovators need to be comfortable in this messy environment.

“Swing for the Seat”

To do big thing will take a not-so-small aspiration.

Using a baseball metaphor, set your aim past the fence and swing the bat accordingly.

“Trust the Soup”

The Universe, or the Quantum Soup as Pressfield called it, is way bigger than any of us.

Our job is not to control what we cannot control.

Our job is to do the work and tune our idea into the mass universe and find something that resonates.

Take three acts. Figure out the climax. Figure out how it needs to begin. Finally, figure out how to fill in the middle.