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?”