I’ve been reading an interesting book recommended by Life Coach Helen McLaughlin. The book, Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield, terrified me by way of its title alone. I identify myself as an amateur photographer, and the notion of “turning pro” seems overwhelming. Still, the subtitle, tap your inner power and create your life’s work, seemed right up my alley.
In reading the book, I’ve not followed the usual format of front to back. Instead, I’ve been skipping all over the place, impatient for understanding and information.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far. Many jobs come with two salaries. The first is comprised of conventional rewards – money, applause, attention. I do not typically receive this salary. The second salary is more of a psychological reward.
When we do the work for itself alone, our pursuit of a career (or a living or fame or wealth or notoriety) turns into something else, something loftier and nobler, which we may never even have thought about or aspired to at the beginning.
It turns into a practice.
Now we’re talking. This work of mine, taking pictures, is a practice. I devote space, time and intention to photography. The humble act of being common and ordinary and workmanlike produces the sublime.
When I read Pressfield’s description of the qualities of the professional, I see myself turning pro.
When we turn pro, we stop running from our fears. We turn around and face them.