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Turning Pro - Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work - Steven Pressfield

Buch-Review - Hannes Kleist - 15.12.2019

Turning Pro - Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work

Book review: Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work — Steven Pressfield

This week Hannes read the follow-up on War of Arts.

Steven Pressfield focuses more on the “how”

Becoming a pro, in the end, is nothing grander than growing up.

HABITS

The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits.

This is pure gold. The key to success in life is good habits. You build (or loose) habits by repetition. Do something for 40 days in a row deliberately and you build a habit, that comes to you as brushing your teeth.

“Mastery” is simply:

You can do that in two ways:

ART AND ADDICTION

When you turn pro, your life gets very simple. The Zen monk, the artist, the entrepreneur often lead lives so plain they’re practically invisible. The amateur is an egotist. He takes the material of his personal pain and uses it to draw attention to himself. He creates a “life,” a “character,” a “personality.”

There is the “cutting down the ego”, again.

RESISTANCE AND ADDICTION

We know only that something is wrong and we don’t know how to fix it. We’re restless. We’re bored. We’re angry. We we don’t know where to begin.

Oh yeah. This is my “Resistance”. I hate and procrastinate on tasks that I do not know how to do.

THE PAYOFF OF INCAPACITY

But lives go down the tubes one repetition at a time, one deflection at a time, one hundred and forty characters at a time.

Bad habits

THE AMATEUR WILL BE READY TOMORROW

The sure sign of an amateur is he has a million plans and they all start tomorrow.

Brilliant. I fall prey to that as well. If you decide you want to do something, do it know. Close the book, shut down your computer and do it know. Pushing it to tomorrow is already a loss. You won’t do it.

PLAY HURT

The amateur believes that she must have all her ducks in a row before she can launch her start-up or compose her symphony or design her iPhone app.

The professional takes two aspirin and keeps on truckin’.

This book is full of those motivational nuggets.

[Buy the book on Amazon] (https://www.amazon.de/Turning-Pro-Inner-Power-Create/dp/1936891034/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&dchild=1&keywords=Turning+Pro+-+Tap+Your+Inner+Power+and+Create+Your+Life%E2%80%99s+Work&qid=1611158699&sr=8-1)

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