The Professional

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  1. The professional shows up every day
  2. The professional stays on the job all day
  3. The professional is committed over the long haul
  4. For the professional, the stakes are high and real
  5. The professional is patient
  6. The professional seeks order
  7. The professional demystifies
  8. The professional acts in the face of fear
  9. The professional accepts no excuses
  10. The professionals plays it as it lays
  11. The professional is prepared
  12. The professional does not show off
  13. The professional dedicates himself to mastering technique
  14. The professional does not hesitate to ask for help
  15. The professional does not take failure or success personally
  16. The professional does not identify with his or her instrument
  17. The professional endures adversity
  18. The professional self-validates
  19. The professional reinvents herself
  20. The professional is recognized by other professionals

Here are a few additional qualities

In the spirit of not violating copyright, I cliffhang the “additional qualities”, which are also pretty interesting. Buy the book! The book is Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield. This is an excerpt from Act 2, Book 3, “Qualities of the Professional”.

BTW, I had already read The War of Art and Do the Work by the same author and I’d thought that was enough. But I changed my mind when I saw that Derek Sivers had read all of them.

amateur tweets, professional works –pressfield

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