Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Book Notes: "Turning Pro" by Steven Pressfield

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

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This is the third in Pressfield's "success manual" genre I have read. As with The War of Art and Do the Work, I have gained much from reading this book, in particular, ideas around space, time, practice, and working for the sake of the work. Pressfield says that turning pro means that your life becomes much simpler. This makes a good deal of sense. But I wonder if somebody younger reading this could bring themselves to their senses? I don't think I could have understood if I were younger. Pressfield appears to have been in his thirties when it started coming together. But that is what I like about this series and Pressfield's work. His is about the work. He is not a silver-tail who had mum and dad to support his little sojourns of self-exploration to allow his inner gifts to burst upon the world. He had to do the work. But if he did it, that means we can do it too. I suppose this is what he meant by the conclusion. I found it rather abrupt, like he had lost his train of thought. But of course, I will reserve my opinion on this until I have finished The Warrior Ethos. As an aside, I have been getting some good work done since finishing Do the Work, and, along with The War of Art, this set of three books has provided the kick in the pants I needed.



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