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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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The Paradigm Shift

Brilliant from start to finish. I'm a music producer and DJ based in the UK, and have been struggling most recently because there aren't a lot of people around me who inspire me or who understand the mindset of someone who will stop at nothing in the pursuit of their dreams. Listening to this helped me feel less lonely in my ways, it gave me clarity and didn't beat around the bush, I can clearly tell Steven is incredibly passionate about helping others on their journey. I'm not religious, but I believe Steven is a gift from the Universe and I feel honoured to be alive at the same time as this man. He is amazing.

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A prime audiobook

Pressfield delivers again with a mantra-like audiobook that will enlighten and inform on your path

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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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A must for any creatives or entrepreneurs

A great follow on from the War of Art, focusing on the mindset and the daily work required to be a true artist, entrepreneur, or creative. For those who dreams require them to "enter battle alone".

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Legendary

Love every bit of it!! Steven Pressfield knows how put everything in the perfect perspective. Turning pro should be the number one pursuit in life. For someone who wants to retain the wisdom better, going the book through more than once is advised.

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I needed this book.

If you are lost, and you don't know why. If nothing seems to make sense, then this vital piece of perceptive wisdom may be just what you were missing. Listen. Listen again. Go back and listen again and make notes. This is important

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Love this guy

Going through all this guy’s books as I go through the transition from ‘’amateur’’ to ‘’professional’’. Finding it helpful, relatable and motivational.

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Short and sweet

Though this book is short and to the point. I believe the main part is at chapter 30 to 79.
The reading sounded like a robot. Probably is so you'll end up falling asleep at times.

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Good Information

If you're wanting to get more serious about what you are made to do then this is for you!

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Funny and insightful

Enjoyed this fantastic albeit very short production. Apparently I need 15 words to submit this.

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  • 05-08-18

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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  • Brayden_Asher
  • 17-08-19

Not meaningful, nor profound

Overly extended anecdotes that lacked meaning or significance. Lacked depth and substance; did not expand meaningfully or in any way philosophically, as much as it tried to be.

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  • Justen
  • 29-11-18

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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  • John AZ
  • 09-11-18

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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  • michael atkinson
  • 26-02-20

Excellent

This is a fantastic book and I cant understand why it's not more popular. I stumbled across it and it has already changed my way of thinking.

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  • Patricia Galloway
  • 14-06-19

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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  • Roger S. Stark
  • 07-03-19

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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  • jk13
  • 07-09-18

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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  • Roger Humphrey
  • 04-01-20

Solid read

A road map for creatives about rituals. I highly recommend for anyone looking for create art.

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  • bsmo
  • 05-10-19

Great narration. Good message.

The Narrative is great. It was easy to listen at Double speed. The story may have been more pertinent to actual artist as opposed to an entrepreneur. There is decent crossover in the message. the message flowed well and was easy to listen to.

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