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Jan 02, 2019 00:51:19

Why Turn Pro?

by @brianball PATRON | 461 words | 389💌

Brian Ball

Total posts: 389💌
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Paying $20 alone won't make you a pro. Writing every day for #100days won't make you a pro. 

And, you're never going to catch Stephen King - statistically speaking.

Should you even consider busting out of the mindset we now call Imposter Syndrome - and set your eyes on becoming a professional - at whatever you do - including word-smithing, writing, copy-crafting?

Steven Pressfield an author with years of struggle under his belt has written several worthwhile reads on his personal experience. Some of his books touch on the subject of figuring out how to bring yourself to your work. One such title is actually called Turning Pro. Another, that I enjoyed in audio form, is this reality-check of a title: Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is And What You Can Do About It. ( Listen to him read it and you may feel galvanized as well. )

The gist of what he says is, we have to stop doing it for others. We have to decide for ourselves that we're going to commit to our craft. We have to show up and do the work - even when it sucks.

A streak counter is nice. It gives you visual feedback that you're being consistent, possibly building a habit. 

Pros don't need a public-facing streak counter. 

They might write every day and be a highly paid professional - none of which needs to be shown to a small audience as proof of your commitment.

Pros do need consistency and strong skills.

200wordsaday.com - by @baz - is a solid tool to help you turn 'more pro'.

Some things I've noticed:

1. His personal commitment level seems high.

2. He has a desire to use the product himself. It is apparent as he's the top of the leaderboard and thus definitely eating his own dog food.

3. He's extremely good at receiving input ideas and communicating when they are in the queue as potential features to program into the system.

As an early adopter of 200wad - I thought it might be fun to get in early and write here for free and give some feedback and help support a fellow maker. Now, I want to be more Pro.

If you want also to be 'more pro', consider joining us. $20 / year is a couple of beers you'd buy yourself and a friend to exchange ideas. 

You'll perceive that value here when you show up and share good ideas about what you're learning, what you're trying, and results you're getting.

Turning Pro is not for everyone, so don't feel pressure if you're just goofing around. 

I'm very curious, however, to see what a little commitment and consistency can do. How far might a little support for a tool maker take us?

Here's to 200 words a day in 2019! Thanks @baz

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    Steven Pressfield's War of Art is amazing. I'm reading it right now.

    Thanks for the kind words, and for being a part of the journey since the beginning! :)
    Thanks for "turning pro" and for your precious suggestions as well. I will do my best not to disappoint and take us all to higher heights.

    Take care,

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 02, 2019 01:25:47
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