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On the book Turning Pro


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I just finished the book Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield. I was a huge fan of the book after all was said and done. However,  I do understand why many folks might not be though.

What Turning Pro is and Isn’t

If you’re looking for a book or self-help manual to spell out 7-10 ways to be the writer or X that you’ve always wanted to be, you’re looking at the wrong book. Pressfield’s approach, at least in my opinion operates on instilling mindsets and guideposts onto the reader.

The nineties called. They want their self-help book back.

The nineties called. They want their self-help book back.

Think of Turning Pro as a string of ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ parables. Except that his parables are ones based upon his real life. His parables always delve a little into the journey of his friends, colleagues and other people that have shaped his development as a writer. In some parts, he delves into to experiences in his life that has shaped him. He also goes into what he has learned from those said experiences.

One of Pressfield’s big points is that addiction is good. He had several chapters chronicling his thoughts on addiction. Addiction to him is inverted and misdirected passion. An inverted and parasitic kind of passion that saps away from one’s true purpose. Passion is the main spice of life. It gives us our urge to wake up in the morning. It gives us the urge to try new things, having new experiences, and to put ones self in a position to either succeed or fail. Being addicted to passion and the desire to be curious and devoted is key to Turning Pro. Addiction by itself according to him, isn’t inherently a bad thing, but it’s whether or not we choose to use addiction to fuel our talents and strengths.

Would I recommend Turning Pro?


Would I recommend this Turning Pro? You got it dude!

He encourages writers to really dig deep, and persistently put on a brave face and write. If one wants to be a writer according to Pressfield, one must release themselves from the shackles of their ‘Shadow Career‘ and jump into their real mission to turn pro and become a writer. He calls readers to action to shit or get off the pot and turn negative experiences into experiences of vast growth and exposition.

Overall, Steven Pressfield’s book is an excellent read. I give this book 4 stars. Pressfield’s guidepost based approach is very compelling and might just be the perfect impetus that the budding artist in you needs.

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