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What stops you from burning the midnight oil


Two brothers. One wakes up, brushes his teeth, performs his prayer, grabs a bite, and practices his tasks, homework, hobbies, and what he wants to be, while the other brother wakes up, grabs a snack, and collapses again on the sofa watching tv or goes out with friends.


Two friends. One spends his spare time at the university reading books, doing additional questions and problem sets, teaching, and helping his classmates. In contrast, his friend spends his time chatting, sitting idle, or staring at the stars' alignment, smoking, etc.


Two colleagues. One sits at his desk, writes, reads expands his knowledge, applies himself to the boundless curiosity of learning and growth of his skill set and his organization, does not waste his time whining, complaining, chatting, or "socializing." The other friend, however, sitting at his desk is the exception, moving around like a fly, socializing, and "building network" and pretend to be busy, wasting the resources of his employer.


What influenced the decisions of each pair?


Self-help books and coaches would list a long menu of what pushes the above pairs — motivation, time management, attitude, lack of putting together chief purpose aim, etc.


Steven Pressfield has a different take on the subject. It is the Resistance. Steven dedicated 190 pages of his book "War of Art" to elaborate on Resistance's view and how that Resistance crippled millions of people from achieving their full potentials.


What is Resistance? Resistance is your decision not to do the right things; what you must do at the right moment. Resistance is the mental status, which is entirely based on your will, of not aligning your actions with your wishes, which would eventually deliver you to a hoper and dreamer rather performer, artist, scientist, and achiever. To Steven, if you have two lives, the one you live and the one you unlived, you have a resistance that ought to be handled and cured. The idea of Resistance is not a discovery, and Steven does not say it is. Jim Rohn reached the same description but chose a more straightforward way of putting it. Jim said the difference between performing and non-performing individuals is that it is easy not to perform. It is easy not to read the books, not go to the library, burn the midnight oil, not spend extra hours doing extra exercise or sharpen and hone another skill, etc.


What are the general characteristics of Resistance?

1) Resistance is self-generated and perpetuated

2) Resistance is fueled by fear

3) Procrastination is a hand in glove with Resistance

4) Culture of self-dramatization instills Resistance

5) Resistance will always make you an amateur in everything you do.


What did I like the most about the book?

Every single line and every single paragraph of the book.


I recommend any book Steven Pressfield on its cover.