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TURNING PRO 2 | Inner Power & Life’s Work

TURNING PRO 2 | Inner Power & Life’s Work


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This is part 2 of my book review for Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield.

This is a follow-up to The War of Art that gets into the concepts of addictions and “shadow careers” as substitutes for embracing our authentic personal destinies and that digs more deeply into the differences between the amateur mindset and the professional mindset as a means of confronting and overcoming Resistance.

The War of Art suggests a strategy to bring the fight to this perverse enemy. Steve calls it “turning pro.” When we turn pro, we leave our amateur ways behind and announce, if only within ourselves, that we have earned our battle scars and learned from our wayward ways to brand ourselves as professionals.


  • Prologue

  • Steven Pressfield

  • Turning Pro

  • Listen to my review of The War Of Art

  • The Nature Of Epiphanies

  • Shame Is Good


  • The Pro Lives In The PRESENT

  • The Pro DOES NOT WAIT For Inspiration

  • The Pro HELPS Others

  • What About The Magic?

  • The Pro Mindset As A PRACTICE

  • A Practice Has A SPACE

  • “Where Women Create”

  • Where Women Create (website)

  • A Practice Has A TIME

  • A Practice Has An INTENTION

  • 10,000 Hour Rule

  • “Outliers” by Malcom Gladwell

  • We Come To A Practice In HUMILITY

  • Take What The Defense Gives You

  • Play Hurt

  • The Pro & Privative

  • A Model Of The Universe

  • Good & Evil

  • Gravity & Levity

  • Resistance ╳ Assistance

  • A Code Of Ethical Discipline

  • Who Is All Of This For?

  • Epilogue

Before we turn pro, our life is dominated by fear and Resistance. We live in a state of denial. We’re denying the voice in our heads. We’re denying our calling. We’re denying who we really are.

When we turn pro, we stop running from our fears. We turn around and face them.
— Steven Pressfield


When we turn pro, we give up a life that we may have become extremely comfortable with. We give up a self that we have come to identify with and to call our own.


The passage from amateur to professional is often achieved via an interior odyssey whose trials are survived only at great cost, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. We pass through a membrane when we turn pro. It’s messy and it’s scary. We tread in blood when we turn pro.


What we get when we turn pro is we find our power. We find our will and our voice and we find our self-respect. We become who we always were but had, until then, been afraid to embrace and live out.

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When we turn pro, everything becomes simple. Our aim centers on the ordering of our days in such a way that we overcome the fears that have paralyzed us in the past.

We now structure our hours not to flee from fear, but to confront it and overcome it. We plan our activities in order to accomplish an aim. And we bring our will to bear so that we stick to this resolution. This changes our days completely.

It changes what time we get up and it changes what time we go to bed. It changes what we do and what we don’t do. It changes the activities we engage in and with what attitude we engage in them. It changes what we read and what we eat. It changes the shape of our bodies.

When we were amateurs, our life was about drama, about denial, and about distraction. Our days were simultaneously full to the bursting point and achingly, heartbreakingly empty.

But we are not amateurs any more. We are different, and everyone in our lives sees it.

What happens when we turn pro is, we finally listen to that still, small voice inside our heads. At last we find the courage to identify the secret dream or love that we have known all along was our passion, our calling, our destiny.
— Steven Pressfield

The sound track in this episode is “Wildflower” by Joe Corfield, and is provided by Chillhop Records. You can find them and listen to more of their beats through these links…

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