I wanted to do a follow-up to The War of Art that got into the concepts of addictions and “shadow careers” as substitutes for embracing our authentic personal destinies and that dug more deeply into the differences between the amateur mindset and the professional mindset as a means of confronting and overcoming Resistance.
I also wanted to get a little more personal than The War of Art and tell my own story in greater detail.
One of my "shadow careers." (See page 14-15 in Turning Pro.)
TURNING PRO IS FREE, BUT IT’S NOT EASY.
When we turn pro, we give up a life that we may have become extremely comfortable with. We give up a self that we have come to identify with and to call our own.
TURNING PRO IS FREE, BUT IT DEMANDS SACRIFICE.
The passage from amateur to professional is often achieved via an interior odyssey whose trials are survived only at great cost, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. We pass through a membrane when we turn pro. It’s messy and it’s scary. We tread in blood when we turn pro.
WHAT WE GET WHEN WE TURN PRO.
What we get when we turn pro is we find our power. We find our will and our voice and we find our self-respect. We become who we always were but had, until then, been afraid to embrace and live out.
Start with this War of Art [27-minute] mini-course.
The course's five audio lessons will ground you in the principles and characteristics of the artist's inner battle.
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