Do the Work!
by Randy Gage
Who believes in the impossible? Children. Geniuses. Artists. Entrepreneurs.
If you read this blog regularly, you’re probably fit in at least one of those four categories. Or a couple. Or all four. So you believe in the impossible.
But who believes in you?
Ah, there’s the rub. Who motivates the motivator? Inspires the inspirational leader? Coaches the coach?
Steven Pressfield does. You may remember him from a slobbering review I wrote about his book The War of Art some years back in my e-zine. It’s a brilliant book on how to overcome things like fear and writer’s block to finish a creative project. This was quite a shift for him, as he’s best known for writing fiction (like The Legend of Bagger Vance).
Now he’s back with another non-fiction book – a manifesto on overcoming resistance. (And by “back,” I mean I just recently discovered it. Not sure how I missed it, as it was actually published in April 2011.) It’s titled, Do the Work! Overcome Resistance and get out of your own way. It’s not really a sequel to War of Art, but a fresh and deeper look at how to overcome limiting beliefs that are holding you back from being your most amazing self.
This manifesto is just the impetus to breakthrough to your next epic accomplishment. You’ll never want to play small again after reading this book. If you loved The War of Art, you will be orgasmic with this follow up. It is skewed to creative types like writers, but the lessons on overcoming resistance apply to everyone in any field. And especially if you are a child, genius, artist, or entrepreneur. So that means it is especially for YOU.
This book is simply fucking brilliant. Get it. Then stop back and let me know what you think.
After reading "The Rules" i came back to read this post. Interesting choice of words. I've got a word for you that also best describes how I feel..........UNSUBSCRIBE!
@Trey If I may, must we focus on the F word with so much valuable information Randy wraps around it? My son, Claudio, is 12 years old and watches Randy Gage's videos with me. It is up to Us as parents to teach them when certain words are to be used, and my son well understands that Randy has used the F word sparingly to Make. A. Point... Let us be real, shall we?... Don't you 'Get It' when Randy has used it in the most impactful moments in his blogs or videos? What I am adhering to is, don't you Truly, Really, Deep-Down in your inner core GET the point he is making that very moment when he has used it?... Obviously, my son knows it isn't so he will be expressing use of the F word in every single sentence. If I may, again, even the word 'pure' will get annoying after some time if used on a literal every-sentence basis... Now, please understand, I am a student of Light and Love, a female Deepak Chopra I suppose you can say and as I have been honored to have been called at times, and although I am thus, I find Randy's information, as does my magnificent team, my company, my son, and myself, Exquisitely Blunt, Direct, Divinely Intelligent, Abundant, and of course, Prosperous in every way. Apart from that, Claudio, my son, thinks he is 'so awesome, because he is so prosperous after all he went through'. So let us move on. Ignore the F word, querido @Trey. Feel confident that our youngsters today are much more aware than we were at that age, and that they can relate to and understand Mr. Randy Gage beautifully. And have Faith they can take All the Good he shares with us, share it with others as I have seen my son do with his best friend and cousin, and apply it in their lives... I know, for I am living it and seeing it, and my son can tell you even some of his most powerful thought-changing quotes that have impacted him. So go around that F word. Focus on the enormous Good information around it. And as RG says, 'Live Rich' already. Viva Rico, Namaste, and Buenas Noches, ~Dr. Julissa
Do The Work is a masterpiece, I agree, Randy! After finding it several months ago, have lent it to a few friends through Amazon Kindle share and they all have purchased their own copy. It is truly the only way to success, working through the sometimes mundane to get to the good stuff. Thanks for sharing Do The Work with your audience ;-)
I love that book!! It helped me to realize that I had to become a pro instead of a hobbyist!! I highly recommend it.
Right on Randy! This is a top shelf book, meaning you put it on the top shelf of your book case where you can refer to and re-read parts of it again and again. My copy is next to Risky is the New Safe, BTW.
Will give it a look RG sounds quite awesome.
As for using the word "fucking", and the folks commenting below, you get whatever you choose to see. The perceiver creates the experience so if you are offended, guess who chose to get offended, and guess who can choose to overlook it, without commenting ;)
If you truly disagree one way to get past the complaining is to overlook the lower energies, if you deem energies to be lower, in your mind. A wise soul taught me this, and it stopped me from attracting a load of low energy crap into my life, immediately. Mental discipline, that is all it took.
Properly placed, perfectly used.....point made!
I know who "motivates the motivator," "inspires the inspirational leader" and "coaches the coach." His name is Randy Gage. Constant and steady feed of unbelievable and valuable content for all people, and especially those who offer a lot of themselves to others every day.
Thank you Randy. I'll check out the book.
You mister, mister have helped me drop so many of my false ideas about what it means to be rich and having material possessions. So many of my stereotypes have crashed to the floor since i have been following you! Thank you for showing me that material wealth goes together with being spiritual and heart centred (there that statement alone shows you where I used to be).Hugs hugs and love to you
Saw yr Facebook post yesterday Randy so I downloaded the book. Sick book alright. Going to have to re-read it.
Well I have the War of Art, and I LOVE It, in spite of your blistering review.. And for someone new to writing screen plays, etc. it really helped me.. I will find this book too since resistance is THE biggest block to success.. I just wish more people would get that.. And when it comes to resisting, it's easy to tell when we make up our standard excuses for everything that involves change or stepping from the comfort zone.
Thank you for the post. I just bought both of the books by him! I'm psyched to read them.
I promote and edify your stuff alot but do me a favor man and lay off the F word dude! I can appreciate your passion and I'd love to share your words of wisdom with some of the younger crowd but I don't want to participate in the moral decay that this country seems to be experiencing on a massive scale!!!! Thanks and keep up the good work! --Trey
"Who motivates the motivator? Inspires the inspirational leader? Coaches the coach?"
Ohhh yes- where he is?
When I looked for somebody who can put his shoulder to make things happen easier to me,
I have made a sensational discovery !!!! ....
I have two shoulders
Oh, I like that idea of overlooking anything that feels lower-energy to me! very nice. thanks.
@Jonathan1 Not sure how slobbering got translated as blistering, but just to clarify, I loved The War of Art.
THANK YOU TREY! Just imagine all the brilliant, funny, intriguing words that could be used if lazy minds didn't fall back on foul language. It's not the moral decay I decry, but the decay of language. Fer gosh sakes, Randy, you sound like a stand-up comic of the cheapest sort.
I trust that anyone who agrees with either thee or me will hit "like" :)
Isn't it funny how people can see things so differently?
I personally loved the use of the word here. When I got to that part I literally smiled from ear to ear. I feel it's use was authentic and real. It's passionately rich and unfiltered. You want to know how he REALLY feels about what he's talking about? The use of that word helps communicate it so you can better understand. I personally would've got the book he's talking about anyway because I respect, and have been enriched by, his recommendations but I'm damn sure going to get this book after reading that line. No offense with the "d word" intended. Truly.
Side note: Lazy is not a word I don't think I'd ever use to describe Randy's mind. And I don't feel he "fell back" on using the word as much as deliberately choose it.
Nothing is a all or nothing game. Some are lazy in their language, some use language deliberately. We may be better served to ask ourselves what's the energy behind it?
my 2 cents.
@Matt Shorty Wells Wow! From Rnady's latest post it seems we caused quite a commotion with our rather enjoyable conversation on the use of a word. Apparently it's a raging debate! Not sure if I would would consider it exactly raging but it has been quite fun! And maybe we even "sold a few" people on reading the post. Good luck to you Matt, it's been fun!
For some reason I want to answer the question in first person, just not trying to speak for anyone else on what another "should" do.
So if I speak at the church then someone from that audience goes to my blog - said another way, walks though my door - they're at "my house" now. And as I said earlier, if you come to my house it might be a good idea for you to understand that I make the rules here. It's MY house. I'm not holding you here. That door works as an exit as well as it did an entrance. Feel free to bounce.
Of course, if I want you to stay (and bring your friends) it may behoove me try and not offend you. So there's always that.
As to your question of if it's appropriate to use a particular word. I'd have to say evidently the answer is both yes and no. It depends on the person answering the question. You and I are such beautiful examples of this. Obviously I think it can be totally appropriate, while you think it's never appropriate. Ever.
It's only offensive to you because of your beliefs about it. And who controls your beliefs? LOL
To me it's just a word. A word cannot, by itself, offend me. Maybe the way a person uses a word but not the word itself. Maybe you could form a sentence using the nicest words in the world and still offend the crap out of me. So was it the words used? Or the way you used em?
Trey, I gotta tell ya I'm really enjoying this conversation man and I LOVE the point you made about using the word and selling and I say AMEN!! Yes it is. Of course it is.
From that sentence I get the impression that you believe selling is a bad thing. We're all selling something. Randy sells ideas (and more) on this blog all the time.
If you believe in something might one argue that it's your duty to sell it to others if you think it could help them? If you know you can offer assistance to someone shouldn't you sell them on why they should follow your advise?
So if sex sells, then use sex. If that's what it takes to sell you on [this thing that can help you] then I'd use the hell out of sex. Side note: I hope that last line didn't offend you. But also know that if YOU got offended by it then you did that. Not me. ;)
As for the use of the word here on this blog post from this guy (Randy) being an action of "selling out" boy I gotta tell ya I see that EXACTLY the opposite.
Being a long time follower of Randy's work myself, having met him a few times and felling like I know him pretty well... I think if he had the prompting to use the word, which he obviously had, and he chose to filter it out to "clean it up" out of fear of not offending someone THAT would have been him "selling out."
Any time you're not true to you, that's selling out.
No no, what he did was masterfully use language to convey his point.
I don't feel it disrespected his audience, again quite the opposite. I feel he respected us enough to be authentic with us.
Again, just my perspective.
Trey thanks for playing along. It's been fun.
@Matt Shorty Wells @MrsHealthandProsperity Interesting thing you said Matt. "When you talk in front of your church group, or anyone else's audience then it's appropriate to act accordingly" So who's to say his congregation doesn't read this prosperity blog? Is it then appropriate to use one of the most offensive words of profanity to simply emphasize a point? Hey man, I listen to a lot of Gage and I love his perspective. However I look at what the use of the F word is really doing here. It's selling! Like adding a steamy sex scene to an otherwise PG movie because let's face it, sex sells. I don't think it's any different. Problem is, it's really just selling out! It doesn't show respect for his audience. That's the problem I have with it. Again, my perspective.
And really, isn't that the main theme behind the work Gage does? The whole point is that we DO think for ourselves, use discernment and question everything.
Great question Trey.
I see a significant difference in the two scenarios. I can probably sum it up as saying it's the difference between "my house" and "your house."
If you come to my house and say some crap that offends me (or my other guests) I may tell you it's time to bounce and not let you come back. But if you come to my house you may be well served to understand that I am free to say whatever is on my mind, using any words I so choose. This is my house.
When you talk in front of your church group, or anyone else's audience then it's appropriate to act accordingly. This blog is his house.
And yea man, I have no doubt you're right about my perspective changing once I become a dad. I'm sure, in many ways, I will change greatly. And for the better. I look forward to that time. Enjoying this phase for now too though.
@Matt Shorty Wells I can appreciate that Matt. I do believe that once you have kids of your own your perspective will change. I know mine did! Ok, so here's question number 2: Would Randy use the F word when speaking to his congregation at his church in Florida, even if it would make the perfect point or convey the point effectively?
@Matt Shorty WellsEnjoying the conversation! Absolutely! I get bored reading comments that simply parrot back what Randy says - more fun to examine how we are playing out what he says, our very own selves in our very own lives. I think I'll write a book called, "Put down the book! Do the Work." lol.
You raise a great point of concern about a young one, I do understand. And I also believe there's probably not one right answer. Meaning there's as many "right" answers as there are people to perceive them.
To the question of my 12 year old son; and I must admit, I don't, as of yet, have a son so I suppose my current perspective on this is all theoretical and could be easily discounted by a parent.
But I really don't believe that I would (will) care to shelter my son from the existence of such a word. Of any word. Or any idea for that matter.
Would the 12 year old not discover the word somewhere, at some point, anyway? Why not in such a productive, thought challenging and thought provoking setting?
To the point of concern to recommend Gage's blog to the young; I am reminded of a post he did some time back about recommending someone's book. Personally, I don't have to agree with 100% of what's said (or the way it's said) in the book to see the value in it and recommend it freely, without reservation.
Just my perspective. Not saying I'm right and if you don't agree then you must be wrong.
45 years ago, give or take, a friend had a bumper sticker that read, "Question Authority". I've always liked that multi-sided concept.