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Turning Pro

Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work
Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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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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Gave me my power to make my own shift within and committ to my life and myself

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very inspiring

Great book, great narrator, learn a lot about yourself and choose your own way of life...

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great book...

it give great insight about where you are as an artist... very to the point, very valuable...

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  • Pepe Lucho
  • 05-08-2018

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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  • John AZ
  • 09-11-2018

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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  • Justen
  • 29-11-2018

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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  • jk13
  • 07-09-2018

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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  • Bronwyn Johnson
  • 15-07-2019

Thin on useful info - too much fluff.

This book came highly recommended by a successful writer I admire. However, I was disappointed by the content of the book. It's a short read with some interesting topics - but I feel that the information was not deep enough to add real value. I would have loved for him to delve a little deeper into these themes and provide more practical applications.

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  • Harold L. Arnold Jr.
  • 12-07-2019

Pretty good

It’s not War of Art. But, there are definitely some nuggets here. It’s worth a read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-2019

Amazing.

If you’re an artist, that struggles with things holding you back from doing your art. Read this book!

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  • Jack Evert
  • 10-07-2019

Very thoughtful presentation of his perspective



Very encouraging. I find myself in transition from amateur to pro so it was very pertinent.

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  • Stacey
  • 01-07-2019

Mind Blown

This concept is so life changing.
I will listen again and again, there are so many amazing truths in this book.
If I can grasp this and truly become what he talks about I will be the exact person I wish to be.

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  • Tracey Devlyn
  • 29-06-2019

Great reminder

Steve Pressfield does a great job of outlining the difference between an amateur and a pro. Wonderful reminders to never stop stretching for the next level of your talent.

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  • jane leonad
  • 02-07-2019

ouch! This book will challenge you

this book challenges us to move from amateur to professional. great tips and insights. recommend

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  • The Researcher
  • 03-06-2019

Up There

Having read War of Art and Do The Work I decided to buy this and wasn't disappointed. Some elements do overlap with those books, but help to reinforce the ideas, plus there is new material. Good stuff.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-2018

Great listen from start to finish!

I loved this audiobook. It's semi-autobiographical nature and Steven Pressfield's added emphasis when it needs to really hit home.