Pressfield on the Professional Mindset as a Practice

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. According to Pressfield, to “have a practice” is to follow a rigorous, prescribed regimen to elevate the mind and the spirit to a higher level. Pressfield […]

Pressfield on the Effects of Turning Pro

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. Pressfield asserted that the main change between before and after turning pro is when we stop running. Before turning pro, fears and Resistance dominated our life. When […]

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, […]