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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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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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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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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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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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Raw and true

This book while short is a great "wake up" kind of advice to get you to get up and become PRO.

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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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Thought provoking

Turning Pro isn’t a revolutionary concept but Steven speaks in layman’s terms and weaves a narrative that makes you think about how you are living. I enjoyed the internal dialogue it created in me and the fact that it got me to evaluate my actions, habits and processes I currently employ. Very enjoyable outcome from a short time commitment.

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Practical, powerful and an easy listen.

Essential for anyone who's serious about their career, purpose or staying focused. Especially, when times are tough for you.

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Decent but short

Structure is 93 paragraphs that are often 2-3 sentences long. Some are pretty pointless, many are meh, a handful are spectacular. Wish it was better organized; still worth a read and the $6 I spent on it.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Roger Humphrey
  • 2020-01-04

Solid read

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

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  • bsmo
  • 2019-10-05

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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