Going Pro

In Steven Pressfield’s great little book, The War of Art, he talks about overcoming the resistance. That insidious force which hinders us from doing our creative work. Deciding that you have had enough of this nattering nabob of negativity and wanting to move forward requires radical action. The resistance can be overcome by only one thing… Going Pro.

professional success

Going Pro, means leaving the amateur life behind. It means showing up on time and doing the work. No excuses. No calling in sick. No blue flu.

In fact, Pressfield has a list of 20 things that a professional life entails. Here they are…

  1. The professional shows up every day
  2. The professional stays on the job all day
  3. The professional is committed over the long haul
  4. For the professional, the stakes are high and real
  5. The professional is patient
  6. The professional seeks order
  7. The professional demystifies
  8. The professional acts in the face of fear
  9. The professional accepts no excuses
  10. The professional plays it as it lays
  11. The professional is prepared
  12. The professional does not show off
  13. The professional dedicates himself to mastering technique
  14. The professional does not hesitate to ask for help
  15. The professional does not take failure or success personally
  16. The professional does not identify with his or her instrument
  17. The professional endures adversity
  18. The professional self-validates
  19. The professional reinvents herself
  20. The professional is recognized by other professionals

While 20 things is too many to remember on a regular basis, I can visualize going pro by picturing it as a regular job. For me this means, showing up, doing the work, and shipping the product.

I’ve been blogging now for 8 years. All the time, I’ve had a regular job. Blogging was a hobby or side job. While I took it seriously, it was always secondary. If my blog had ever taken off, I would have had a hard time setting aside my real job and putting the time and travel in that was required for Pro status.

Now that I’m out on my own, I need to make a commitment to myself, and create my own manifesto of sorts. Something I believe in and recognize.

This requires a new mindset and a different set of rules.

It requires radical action.

I need to Go Pro.



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