It all started when I picked up The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. His book gave me a new view on the artwork of doing work.
Then, I extended the million-dollar question: Are you a pro?
In the first post of the series, I laid the foundation for the difference between a pro and an amateur, as well as began to wrestle with this concept in my context (professional by mindset, but not by paycheck).
Next, I talked about the necessity of making time to work. Whatever dream/project/idea you have won’t come to fruition if you don’t make time to work on it.
Following the issue of scheduling was making the start. You can’t finish something you haven’t started. And as Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
Once you’ve started, it is important to avoid seclusion. Isolation is a dream killer. Don’t go at it alone.
Finally, I wrapped up my portion of the series by talking about finding the necessary tools to stay inspired. Whatever makes you tick.
At this point, we were joined by Sam DuRegger (of Samwell Creative) and he shared what it took to create his business.
First, he shared about the emotional process of going pro. Getting prepared for the process, and handling the anxiety.
He followed it up with a post on the physical process of going pro. Practical insight, and helpful resources to get you on your way.
I will be adding some material to these posts and making them available in PDF form for those interested in downloading and having them available in booklet form. Soon I will let you know when to expect that. I hope this week has been helpful and informative. Most of all, I hope it has encouraged/inspired you to take the plunge and go pro. Now get to work!