Pro vs. Amateur

The Professional vs. the Amateur

I’m rereading Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art.

I might need to reread it every month! So many bits in there about how to engage work – especially work that we consider our craft or art.

It’s less about the inspiration and more about the process. Yes, you have to just show up, but it’s more about how you show up.

What always grounds me in anything I do, whether it’s work, avocation, a hobby, being a dad or husband, or anything is to focus in on attacking a process. At the very least having a process that I can attack, to re-ground myself and prevent overwhelm.

That is the biggest deal.

An amateur gets overwhelmed by the enormity of the task.

The professional just steadily chips away. He or she shows up each day and writes the words, makes the calls, puts paint to canvas, works on the spreadsheets, etc.

It is what the professional does.

the amateur shows up and looks at the project as a whole and chokes.

The key, then?

The key is to identify the dailies. The things to attack each day that will ground us in making progress toward a project, in a relationship, toward a goal, etc.

That’s it.

Have the dailies. OR the checklist. Or the process. The rituals that support the goals that support the mission that support the vision.

Pro That’s being a pro.

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