The Pro

Yesterday we met Steven Pressfield’s amateur. Now let’s meet his pro. Maybe you know him?

  • The pro stops engaging in substitutes for what he needs to do and focuses on his work.
  • He is patient and commited over the long haul rather than seeking instant results. He does not pick fruit before it is ripe.
  • The pro prepares, dedicating himself to mastering technique rather than marketing mediocre stuff to the gullible.
  • He doesn’t show off, sing his own praises, or waste time beating the bushes for others to sing for him.
  • The pro asks for help but takes responsibility.
  • The pro expects failures and successes but takes neither personally.
  • She endures adversity without drama or lashing out at others.
  • She judges herself objectively and is recognized by other professionals. She also recognizes the amateur and keeps some distance.
  • A novice can be a pro. It is about attitude rather than attainment.
  • The pro works while the amateur tweets and chats proudly about everything he is doing and plans to do.
  • The pro seeks mastery and excellence rather than fame, quality rather than quantity. His work is his reward.
  • The pro does not worship icons, is not a groupie, and isn’t looking for groupies.
  • The pro helps others rather than hoarding what he has. He helps both the novice and his colleagues.
  • The pro maintains a simple practice rather than engaging in bells, whistles, and elaborate routines.  She does the work. Period.

Pressfield says, “You don’t need to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind.”

Let me ask then, are you ready to decide to turn pro?


About reflectionsandrotations

I'm an educator and coach with a special interest in fostering creative thinking, designing effective learning environments, and building communities of learners
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