through an obscene amount of books but rarely do I read one that I feel compelled to write
a recommendation or call to action for. I don’t even think I can write about
this book without cursing enthusiastically so please excuse me in advance.
I’d like to buy a wheelbarrow full of ‘Turning
Pro’ by Steven Pressfield and start handing
one out to everyone I know. It’s a ‘light read’ in the sense that it’s a thin book
with lots of blank space inside but does it ever pack a one-two
|Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work by Steven Pressfield|
are an artist, an entrepreneur, a creative type, or someone who feels that you
are not living your full potential or answering your souls' calling this book
will hit you with it straight up. Pressfield calls this state of living being ‘an
amateur’ and he
calls bullshit on
all our excuse reels, on all the ways that we keep ourselves small, and in this
book he holds up a clear mirror in which we can take a long hard look at
our habits and ourselves.
book invites us to ‘turn pro’ by making the decision to step out of our shadowy
limited self and into the terrain of becoming who we truly are. It’s an invitation to
answer our calling and to let that calling get louder and more pressing than
all the distractions that keeps us from answering it.
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 to live out.”
I say, “Fuck
yes!” to this
book and what it stands for and can’t recommend it highly enough. The time has come to step up and mobilize my friends. Do it now and you might want to start with reading this book.
while I’m at it I also recommend by Steven Pressfield: ‘The War of Art’.
be checking out his book ‘Do the Work’ next.
*Warning: Pressfield's books will rub you the wrong way if you'd rather cling to your limitations, distractions, and excuses.
© Marie-Ève Bonneau