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The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits.
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When we're living as amateurs, we're running away from our calling — meaning our work, our destiny, the obligation to become our truest and highest selves. Addiction becomes a surrogate for our calling. We enact the addiction instead of embracing the calling. Why? Because to follow a calling requires work. It's hard. It hurts. It demands entering the pain-zone of effort, risk, and exposure.
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When you turn pro, your life gets very simple.
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When we can't stand the fear, the shame, and the self-reproach...
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Resistance will unfailingly point to true North—meaning that calling or action it most wants to stop us from doing.
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Here’s a trick that screenwriters use: work backwards. Begin at the finish.
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Answer the Question “What Is This About?”
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Stay primitive. Trust the soup. Swing for the seats. And our final-final precept: 4. Be ready for Resistance.
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We can never eliminate Resistance. It will never go away. But we can outsmart it, and we can enlist allies that are as powerful as it is.
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Do research early or late. Don’t stop...