Do the Work

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Resistance will unfailingly point to true North—meaning that calling or action it most wants to stop us from doing.

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Here’s a trick that screenwriters use: work backwards. Begin at the finish.

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Answer the Question “What Is This About?”

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Stay primitive. Trust the soup. Swing for the seats. And our final-final precept: 4. Be ready for Resistance.

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We can never eliminate Resistance. It will never go away. But we can outsmart it, and we can enlist allies that are as powerful as it is.

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Do research early or late. Don’t stop working. Never do research in prime working time.

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One rule for first full working drafts: get them done ASAP. Don’t worry about quality. Act, don’t reflect. Momentum is everything.

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Your work-in-progress produces its own gravitational field, created by your will and your attention. This field attracts like-spirited entities into its orbit.

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Back to Square One In the belly of the beast, we go back to our allies: Stupidity Stubbornness Blind faith We are too dumb to quit and too mulish to back off. In the belly of the beast, we remind ourselves of two axioms: The problem is not us. The problem is the problem. Work the problem.

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Slay that dragon once, and he will never have power over you again.

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Stay stupid. Trust the soup. Start before you’re ready.