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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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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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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Great

I have read Pressfields War of Art and this is just as good, break through that resistance and turn pro!

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Good kick in the pants - Time to Get Movin'

I loved this no-nonsense message to making the decision that scares so many of us. Take notes, listen/study a bit, and then find out what has been holding you back. This book helps you get to that stage and I highly recommend the reading. However, I think that one needs to be at a stage in their personal improvement for this to sink in. I've been told that it's just a decision. In the last year, I didn't understand why I feared that decision. This book, taught me why I had that fear and why making the decision is the greatest thing in my life about to occur.

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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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Great content, poorly performed, lessons learned

The monotone narration of the author brings the book down. I know the authors content is great and it is a cure to many ails. I've enjoyed this book and the previous book as well, "The war of Art."

However I definitely feel I would have gotten more had I read the book and not listened to it.

The author is monotone and unemotional which makes the performance boring. However his voice proves that Sitting down at your desk every day and writing is boring. Working on your craft every day is boring. However that's the access to Greatness and the only way to turn pro.

Thanks to the author for his great contributions to entrepreneurship, business, art, and the overall pursuit of one's Passions and dreams.

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Pressfield is gifted


Steven Pressfield is a writer of such caliber that I feel a loss for not having turned pro earlier, if only to have credibility to communicate the undeniable touch he has to move and engagingly enlighten. Like the wisest friend you’d encounter, then overwhelming you by succinctly dismantling the craftiest of subtleties bent on your destruction.

Thank you for putting this out Mr Pressfield. You’ve found a fan in me without question.

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So glad I discovered Pressfield .

My third book I'm reading by Steven Pressfield and they are changing my life profoundly. Would recommend to anyone who is struggling with resistence and how to get the hell out of it no later than today. A book filled with impact, great stories and is wonderfully crafted.

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I listened, and then I listened again.

For the reader that is beginning to awaken and take control of their future; this audio version of the book will speak to you. I recommend listening to it a few times.

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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.