• Turning Pro

  • Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work
  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: Steven Pressfield
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,577 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Awesome book

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

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  • Wolfgang Wheeler
  • 11-13-19

The Paradigm Shift

Brilliant from start to finish. I'm a music producer and DJ based in the UK, and have been struggling most recently because there aren't a lot of people around me who inspire me or who understand the mindset of someone who will stop at nothing in the pursuit of their dreams. Listening to this helped me feel less lonely in my ways, it gave me clarity and didn't beat around the bush, I can clearly tell Steven is incredibly passionate about helping others on their journey. I'm not religious, but I believe Steven is a gift from the Universe and I feel honoured to be alive at the same time as this man. He is amazing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-23-19

A prime audiobook

Pressfield delivers again with a mantra-like audiobook that will enlighten and inform on your path

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  • The Researcher
  • 06-03-19

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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  • John-Paul M.
  • 11-15-20

A must for any creatives or entrepreneurs

A great follow on from the War of Art, focusing on the mindset and the daily work required to be a true artist, entrepreneur, or creative. For those who dreams require them to "enter battle alone".

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  • Parsidalpl
  • 06-16-20

Motivatin

Just what I need it to get it done. Book is filled with story to get your eyes open on reality.

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  • Ms. J. Whigham
  • 04-06-20

Excellent Book

Every time I listen to this book I get more out of it. Really resonates with me...to stop running away from who I know I am inside and how to bring my work into the world.

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  • James
  • 08-28-19

PC Nuffin

Annoying the sex of the protagonist would change every 3 sentences making it hard to visualise unless he’s into the whole trans movement. Wouldn’t put it past him, his book had more than a whiff of pc feminism about it. Would like to point out its men who are the vast majority in struggling and being creative geniuses. His inclusivity is patent nonsense diluting his story.

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  • Annlaug
  • 03-01-22

Read this if you mean business in life

I am blown away.

I have worked for myself as an independent artist for 20 years. The only thing about this book I do not love is that it wasn't given to me at 20 years old. I will turn 40 this fall. This book is full of keys to unlock doors in a creative person's professional life.
I know from personal experience as an artist that every piece of advice in this book is rock solid. Every bit of tough love is justified.

If you are the parent or guardian of a young artist or musician: for God's sake buy them this book in physical and audiobook form. Right now. Had I had this perspective at an early age I would have been spared a lot of suffering and confusion.

I will recommend and buy this book for all my creative professional friends.
And I am working every day now to absorb its knowledge and implement its wisdom into my routine.

Just like "the war of art" from the same author, this book gets so brutally to the point you can get through it in an hour or two.
But that's one of the things that make it so brilliant. And repeatable. I will read it again at least every 6 months now in the beginning. To really make sure I am on point and not slipping away from what I am learning.

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  • musiclover
  • 09-18-21

Best read to follow The War of Art

Best read to follow The War of Art
I really recommend it
You gonna love it
Love
Rony

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-21

Very good but practical advice needed

Really good performance and impressive story telling ability but I wish he gave more practical advice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-19

If you finish listening again, listen to it again!

Ignore the random gender nouns of the book and absorb it's metaphors and you'll be on your way to turning pro.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-22

A necessary Slap in the Face

I love this book zero BS, straight to the point and great information. I will come back and listen to it again to get more of this book.

Easy to understand and entertain. If you don't know why you can't be where you want, this honest book will tell you why.

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  • G.D
  • 01-02-21

Ok

Yeah it was better than 'the war of Art' although very similiar if not the same premise.
A few good tid bits.

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  • Josh Tyler
  • 06-12-20

The best, as always. Thank you Mr. Pressfield!

This is the second book of Pressfield's that I have listen to and I listened to the first one about three times. His wisdom can change your life.

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  • Michael Lynch
  • 05-14-20

Such a powerful message

Although a fairly short work, Steven Pressfield gives such a powerful message to those who are ready to hear it. This work perfectly depicts the character traits of a person who is a professional in pursuit of their passion. If you have a passion this will most likely identify where you are falling short. If you don't have a passion, it will make no sense at all. So valuable.

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  • bmacstar
  • 03-25-20

Perspective

Well done Steven. A great story, well read, Put so many things in perspective. Clear steps. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-20-19

great little book of inspiration

loved it. very quick read but with some real gems in it. very encouraging for those wanting to walk a path less travelled.

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  • Nicolette
  • 06-02-19

Empowering

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

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  • FRANCOIS KAMIYA
  • 04-03-19

very inspiring

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-19

great book...

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

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