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Turning Pro

Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work
Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
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The follow-up to his best-seller The War of Art, Turning Pro navigates the passage from the amateur life to a professional practice. 

"You don't need to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind." (Steven Pressfield, author)

Turning pro is free, but it's not easy. When we turn pro, we give up a life with which we may have become extremely comfortable. We give up a self we have come to identify with and to call our own. 

Turning pro is free, but it demands sacrifice. The passage from amateur to professional is often achieved via an internal 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. 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.

©2012 Steven Pressfield (P)2012 Steven Pressfield

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reconnect with ur why and start acting like a pro

I thought this book was about some technique on how to stop procrastination and self doubt when it comes to executing the work of a desired endeavour. But no it's not. This book is more about recharging and remembering your why you're doing what your doing it and to motivate you to stop the excuses and start doing. it will talk to a deep part of you. A book to be read and read as many times ad needed.

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Audio book was not the best format

Given the book is divided into numerous chapters composed of a concept and short exposition, it had the feel of having a daily thought calender being read out loud. I appreciated the content, but it is probably better suited to a written format rather than audio book.

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Life changing

If you need a good kick in the ass and reminder that greatness comes to those who put their nose down, work and have patience...this is for you. Be prepared to be called out and put in a very interesting place emotionally if you’ve been giving in to your vices. We all start out as amateurs, life is about turning pro.

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  • jk13
  • Alburquerque, NM, United States
  • 09-07-18

Not what I was expecting

What the heck was that, and who was the intended audience?
I am a "part-time" artist and I'm conscientiously trying to take my art more seriously and move to a higher level. I enjoyed the author's previous "War of Art". From the title and description, I figured that this book was for me. Nope.

Where I thought that the book would be about "amateurs" who were doing pretty good but need to be better, the author's definition of "amateurs" seems to be addicts who can't hold down a job. There's no useful advice for those of us who are somewhat on the right track.

The only helpful statements in this book were better said in "War of Art" (or countless other books on creativity or self improvement.)

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Fantastic Book

Loved every bit of it! Great sequel to the art of war. I hope Stephen countinues to write books like these.

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It's MY Life in Words

This book, albeit very short was a punch in the gut and a kick in the pants. It spoke many truths and put words to what I've struggled to be able to verbalize. Whew... this came along at the exact right time in my life. Everything I've done the past 5 yrs has been leading up to this point. I'm ready now to do the BIGGER work and Turn Pro!!

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A bunch of meaningless observations

Turning Pro made little sense. It started with the difference between amateur and professional in the first few pages and then gave 90+ examples like professionals are serious and armatures are less serious, really? Thanks. Save your money on this one.

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A natural rush

Heck of a manifesto.
Each chapter is a discovery of freedom, often won from sheer exasperation.
In the course of ordinary days the author sees he's living among heroes; then outlines what distinguishes a hero.
An economy of words + loads of first hand encounters with PROs, gives the audio experience the feel of an excellent slide show.

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A much needed prod

Steven Pressfield has written an excellent book, using his own journey as a model for going from amateur to professional in your life's true calling.

I realised how easy it was to get stuck in a 'shadow' career and think that it's the real thing.

A must read for anyone looking to make a difference.

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  • polemos
  • amelia island, fl USA
  • 02-02-19

This was my favorite read of 2019!

loved it! A must read, everything felt fresh and intense, I can't wait to read more from this author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-18

Great listen from start to finish!

I loved this audiobook. It's semi-autobiographical nature and Steven Pressfield's added emphasis when it needs to really hit home.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-19

great book...

it give great insight about where you are as an artist... very to the point, very valuable...