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

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Do you have a novel inside of you waiting to be written? Are you an artist but rarely actually take out a canvas and paint? Are you a musician but spend most of your time tinkering with the band logo rather than performing? If you are a creative with an ambition to turn your hobby into a career but find yourself procrastinating daily – this is the book that could kick you into action.

Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work by Steven Pressfield is the follow-up to his bestseller The War of Art. In Turning Pro, Pressfield argues that the world is divided between pros and amateurs. The vast majority of people are amateurs. They are people that want to do great things – like write a novel, be a renowned musician etc, but they aren’t willing to put in the work. They fill their lives with busy work.

Turning Pro is broken up into 3 parts: part one is The Amateur Life, part two is Self Inflicted Wounds, and part three is The Professional Mindset. It shows how people develop from being an amateur into a pro and the work they need to do to make this transition. It explains the ways that you can get trapped in the amateur mindset and where people struggle when it comes to turning pro. The book has many personal anecdotes from Pressfield that helps you understand the journey of turning pro.

I loved how Pressfield has formatted the book. Most chapters are only a page or two long, so it’s the perfect bed time read. You can read a couple of chapters and then ponder how you are going to turn pro as you fall asleep. Or you can read it in an afternoon on a lazy Sunday. It’s also the kind of book you’ll reread for years to come.

If you want a kick to get started on becoming a creative pro, this is the book for you!

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here

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