In his book, Turning Pro, Steven Pressfield teaches us how to navigate the passage from the amateur life to professional practice.
These are my takeaways from reading the book.
The professional defers gratification.
The professional recognizes that it is our privilege to wake up every morning and get the opportunity to do our work in the way we hope to shape. The professional also knows that not all work leads to an immediate return in the short-term.
The professional is willing to put forth the work necessary for the much-more-significant long-term benefits.
The professional does not wait for inspiration.
The amateur waits for inspiration to strike to score that one, big idea. The professional knows that, only through hard work and consistent effort, the Muse will pay her a visit.
The professional does not give his power away to others.
The amateur wants to be a team player and waits to be told what to do next by the group leader. The professional appreciates the collaboration with others, and she knows that she needs to continue to do her work with or without outside help.
The professional helps others.
The amateur believes the model of scarcity works for everything we do. The amateur hoards knowledge and ideas; afraid of someone else will rip off their ideas and become successful with them.
The professional believes in the model of abundance; if she shares her ideas with someone, both she and the other person will have the same knowledge and information.
The professional loves to share and teach others of what she knows, but the pro refuses to be iconized. The professional knows sharing is generous while being iconized is an act of selfishness.