book hack

Turning Pro

Steven Pressfield, Shawn Coyne

5 mins

3 key insights

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Turning Pro is an inspiring instruction manual that'll help you create the work you were meant to do by dividing your life into two phases, the amateur and the professional, and getting you from one into the other.


Turning Pro

Turning Pro

by Steven Pressfield


There are many different ways to frame the fundamental struggle of what it means to be human: trying to fulfill our potential. Science has the therapeutic model, in which some disease or condition must be cured and religion has the moral model, which says we must pay for our sins. According to Steven Pressfield, however, there's a third model, a much simpler one: the model of the amateur and the professional.

Pressfield is a distinguished author, both in fiction and non-fiction. Turning Pro is his guide to this model, which'll help you go from one to the other. According to Steve's opening line, this change will make all the difference.

"I wrote in The War of Art that I could divide my life neatly into two parts: before turning pro and after. After is better" Steven Pressfield

The book is divided into three big parts. The first describes the addictive nature of the amateur, who's lost in his bad habits. The second paints a vision of what it'd be like to be a pro, and where the amateur falls short. The third is about cultivating professionalism.

Favorite quote

When you turn pro, your life gets very simple.


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