Pressfield on the Amateur Qualities, Part 3

In his book, Turning Pro, Steven Pressfield teaches us how to navigate the passage from amateur life to professional practice. These are my takeaways from reading the book. The amateur lives for the future. We place much emphasis on getting what we want, as soon as possible and as cheaply as possible. We take on […]

Pressfield on the Amateur Qualities, Part 2

In his book, Turning Pro, Steven Pressfield teaches us how to navigate the passage from amateur life to professional practice. These are my takeaways from reading the book. The amateur is easily distracted. The work can often involve solitude and silence. The professional leverages the solitude and silence as opportunities to focus and channel her […]

Pressfield on the Amateur Qualities, Part 1

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 amateur is terrified. Fear is the main driving force behind many actions of the amateurs. The amateur experiences fear of failure, fear of success, fear […]

Pressfield on the Definition of Amateur

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. On the opposite end of the spectrum from the professional is the amateur. The amateur can be innocent, good-hearted, and well-intentioned. The amateur can be brave, […]

Pressfield on Self Transformation

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. Before diving further into Steven Pressfield’s concepts of the amateur and turning pro, it is important to understand the thesis of the book. This book proposes […]

Learning to Become a Pro, Part 10

In the book, Turning Pro, author Steven Pressfield talked about what separates amateurs from professionals and how a professional became who they are. I will write about what these aspects mean to me personally. The professional does not wait for inspiration The pro does not carpool with inspiration and simply shows up to work. He […]

Learning to Become a Pro, Part 9

In the book, Turning Pro, author Steven Pressfield talked about what separates amateurs from professionals and how a professional became who they are. I will write about what these aspects mean to me personally. The professional has compassion for herself The pro knows when to urge the followers on and when to back off. The […]

Learning to Become a Pro, Part 8

In the book, Turning Pro, author Steven Pressfield talked about what separates amateurs from professionals and how a professional became who they are. I will write about what these aspects mean to me personally. The professional is courageous The pro learns to live with his inner demons of fear and doubt by confronting them. He […]