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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (631 ratings)

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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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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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Read this if you want...

Read this if you want to know the difference between being an amateur and being a pro. if you're struggling to go pro, you'll recognize what Pressfield is talking about.

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meh

I didn't love it. It was very simple with over 90 chapters, most of which were about a minute long, upwards of 6 minutes.
The expection from the title and the contents left me feeling like he left a lot of possible material on the table.
He had an interesting story about his discovery of learning what responsibility and ambition are about, but unless you're a hobo/bum/tramp [all of which were defined] living in a shack and working your way up to a mediocre living, it's not what you're looking to relate with, imho.
This book's most interesting point was the Shadow self, and while you can be a professional at it, it's not your true self. I did appreciate that insite.

I guess I just wasn't impressed, sorry.

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100% recommended without a doubt

Steven Pressfield is one of the most Influencing writers I have ever experienced in all the books that I read in my life. He shoots straight at the pain points whether you were aware of it or not, and more importantly gives you the solution. I have listened to this book and 'The War of Art' not less than 8 times each and counting! And with every time I learn something new.

God bless you and wish you all best in your upcoming writings.

Sorry for any mistakes, English is not my mother tounge.

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At first, I wasn’t moved, but on a second listen, holy SHIT

I listened to this book right after I listened to the war of art, and at first it didn’t land for me. A good portion of the book uses addiction as both real life experience and metaphor for how to turn pro. An apt metaphor, but most of its relatability (to me) dwindled at that point. But the second half of the book is basically a manifesto for how to conduct your life as a pro vs. an amateur artist, and for me, it was PURE GOLD. I think for the addicted artist, most of the book will land, but for the rest of us, I say to hold onto to the horns of this here bull until you get to the second half. Your mind will be BLOWN. Highly recommended.

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Short and sweet

This was a good book that made some of its points with repetition. I liked it.

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If I could rate it 10 out of 5 I would!!! I love you James Pressfield!! Thank you!

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  • The Researcher
  • 06-03-19

Up There

Having read War of Art and Do The Work I decided to buy this and wasn't disappointed. Some elements do overlap with those books, but help to reinforce the ideas, plus there is new material. Good stuff.

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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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  • Nicolette
  • 06-02-19

Empowering

Gave me my power to make my own shift within and committ to my life and myself

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-19

very inspiring

Great book, great narrator, learn a lot about yourself and choose your own way of life...

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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...