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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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Painfully useless drivel

Of the literally hundreds of audiobooks that I have purchased, this is only the second that I could not listen to, even distracted while multitasking. I had to stop it for fear that continued listening could irrevocably lower my IQ. I can’t believe that I had to pay to download a “book” that seems to be the incoherent ramblings of a deranged gadfly from whom one would slowly back away from if encountered in a dive bar.

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worth a listen but...

just like the war of art, it makes great points, but this is a 20 minute Ted Talk stretched into a book

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It's helping

I'm an amateur animator, struggling.
The practice taught it this book are helping me to focus be get my work done.

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Magnifiscent. A manual for anyone turning pro.

Concise. Steven is like a peraobal coach calling you out on your B.S. I always have better days professionally & creatively when I listen to a few words of this in the morning. Will read many more times. Thank you Steven Pressfield! 🙏

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Good for anyone struggling with procrastination

Provides a great framework for aspiring artists, authors and entrepreneurs to use in building a disciplined mindset and eliminating negative habits. The people giving it bad reviews sound like losers who haven't accomplished anything in life and hearing this just made them realize how much of their life they've actually wasted getting drunk and cosuming media. Morons should go read a "how to write for dummies" book or something. Because apparently being told they have to actually put in work offends them. Go have another drink with your loser friends and exchange excuses for why you can't get your life together and why it's not your fault.

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Ridiculous

A narcissistic rant about the fact that actions (and inaction) have consequences. Don’t waste your time or money. I’m dumbfounded that it has as many 4/5 star ratings as it does.

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Just average

Yup like others said it’s a Ted talk narrated into a short book. Just average

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Inspirational!

Steven is amazing- very inspirational. Loved how you finished the last chapter! You will see my book next year - thank you for inspiring!

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Chapter headlines are useless for navigating

Great story and helpful advice. Very disappointed that chapters are just numbered. No titles for each chapter.

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An eye opener

Listened to the entire book in two spells. Loved the content and the engaging delivery. Learned a lot; gained enormous wisdom. Its an eye opener, a whack on the side of the head.

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  • Pepe Lucho
  • 2018-08-05

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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  • Justen
  • 2018-11-29

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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  • Brayden_Asher
  • 2019-08-17

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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  • John AZ
  • 2018-11-09

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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  • Patricia Galloway
  • 2019-06-14

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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  • michael atkinson
  • 2020-02-26

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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  • Roger S. Stark
  • 2019-03-07

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
  • 2018-09-07

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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  • 2021-02-10

Short but Powerful!

I have to admit, I was a bit underwhelmed with the first listen because I was expecting more, especially having just listened to Stevens other book, The War of Art. Then I found myself listening to the book 2 more times in the first week of purchasing it and realized that the length is perfect. The chapters are short but meaningful. There is no excess here, just cut to the chase and make a potent point.

The author Steven Pressfield also does a great job of reading it. You can really feel his passion for the subject and some of the stories will stay with me for a long time... especially Roseann Cash`s dream... Yes, this is similar to the War of Art but I would encourage you to listen to both. I have both downloaded on my phone and will continue to listen to them now and then for encouragement.

If you a creative person or feel the urge to create something, whether its writing a book, making music, drawing, painting, dancing, whatever... listen to The War of Art and Turning Pro. These books are short and simple but powerful.

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  • Paul F. Melcher
  • 2020-08-17

Awesome book

This is a super inspiring book. It was delivered just like a delicious meal and just as useful

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  • jaja
  • 2022-07-10

learned nothing

i read this book and at the end, i retained close to nothing useful. i can't recommand it