Archive for Steven Pressfield

Turning Pro

13 Yellow highlight | Page: 20 The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. Yellow highlight | Page: 22 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. Yellow highlight | Page: 24 When you turn pro, your life gets very simple. Yellow highlight | Page: 26 When we can't stand the fear, the shame, and the self-reproach...

Do the Work

11 Orange highlight | Location: 116 Resistance will unfailingly point to true North—meaning that calling or action it most wants to stop us from doing. Orange highlight | Location: 275 Here’s a trick that screenwriters use: work backwards. Begin at the finish. Orange highlight | Location: 280 Answer the Question “What Is This About?” Orange highlight | Location: 322 Stay primitive. Trust the soup. Swing for the seats. And our final-final precept: 4. Be ready for Resistance. Orange highlight | Location: 338 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. Orange highlight | Location: 351 Do research early or late. Don’t stop...