The End

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.

After we slog through the tough beginning and the hopeless middle, we are nearing the end.

Develop the “Killer Instinct”

The beginning of the end is to ship.

Shipping requires a “killer instinct” because the act of shipping is to finally put the beast to rest, for this particular project.

Shipping takes courage and is not for the faint of heart.

“Fear of Success”

Marianne Williamson said the best. Also in “Akeelah and the Bee” and “Coach Carter.”

When we ship, we are exposed.


When we ship, we set ourselves up for others to judge our work.

Exposure is like the empty space beneath a mountain climber – there is nothing there to break the fall.

If we do not ship when we should, the Resistance has beaten us.

We need to remind ourselves this:

“A Professional does not take failure (or success) personally.”

“Start (Again) Before You’re Ready”

The Resistance maybe temporarily defeated or subdued with this project, but it will be back on the next project.

The only way to keep beating the Resistance is to do what Pressfield has said all along.

“Stay Primitive,” “Swing for the Seat,” and “Trust the Soup.”