• Are You A Pro?

    I’m fascinated with pros.

    (And if you haven’t read Steven Pressfield’s book Turning Pro, I recommend you head to the library or bookstore.)

    Here is what Steven Pressfield says about pros. And, I’ve added a few of my own.

    • Pros show up every day even when no one else looks or claps.
    • Pros stay on the job.
    • Pros are patient.
    • Pros seek order.
    • Pros act in the face of fear.
    • Pros accept no excuses from themselves.
    • Pros are prepared.
    • Pros ask for help.
    • Pros master techniques of their craft.
    • Pros practice.
    • Pros don’t take success or failure personally.
    • Pros endure adversity.
    • Pros reinvent themselves.
    • Pros are recognized by other pros.
    • Pros use their mornings effectively.
    • Pros are courageous.
    • Pros are committed.
    • Pros focus.
    • Pros decide.
    • Pros work. (Steven Pressfield says, “Amateurs Tweet. Pros Work.” Ouch.)
    • Pros have integrity even to themselves.
    • Pros live in today, not the past stories.
    • Pros defer gratification.
    • Pros aren’t afraid of negative emotion, in fact, they allow it and act in spite of it.
    • Pros don’t wait for inspiration to sit down and focus.
    • Pros act in anticipation of inspiration.
    • Pros don’t give their power to their ex, kids, spouse, mother, father, co-workers, clients, or neighbors.
    • Pros help others.
    • Pros are consistent.
    • Pros rock.

    Cookbook author and culinary dietitian Maggie Green coaches aspiring cookbook authors in the process of writing cookbooks, cookbook proposals, and building their author platform. Download her checklist “Am I Ready to Write A Cookbook?”

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