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 pro leads by motivating his followers to want to achieve more.

The professional lives in the present

The pro knows the most important moment is the present. He does not live in the glory and fear in the past, and he has no need of the distraction of living for the hope in the future. Capitalizing on the moment right now is what matters to the pro.

The professional defers gratification

The pro does not allow instant gratification to be the distraction and a weapon for the Resistance. The pro focuses on the how-to and leaves the what and why for someone else to worry about.

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 knows there are others who will be rooting for him, but he enters the battle alone.

The professional will not be distracted

The pro sees the work in front of him, and that is his singular focus.

The professional is ruthless with himself

The pro believes in producing work of excellence, by his own standard. If the pro’s work fell short of that standard, he terminates the bad work and re-does without a second thought.