Turning Pro: A Book Recommendation

I go 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 punch

Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work by Steven Pressfield
If you 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.

This 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.

“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 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.

And while I’m at it I also recommend by Steven Pressfield: ‘The War of Art’. 
I’ll 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.

2014 © Marie-Ève Bonneau