Are you an amateur or a pro?

2013 - Are you an amateur or a pro?

I’ve been reading this book called The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It’s a really light read, but packed full of goodies and insights!

The whole book is about breaking through resistance and achieving what you want. I won’t go into the details of the book, but will share one concept that blew my mind.

Amateur vs. Pro.

If you’re like most people, including me, you might think that amateurs play games out of the love of the game. That’s why there are so many amateurs playing sports or singing or anything else you can name.

Pros, on the other hand, just had the talent and luck to turn their love into a career. And because there’s only a handful of people who are able to turn pro, they were born lucky to have an amazing talent!

Do you agree?

What if I told you that amateurs don’t really love the game, only pros do?

Do you agree with this statement?

You might not agree.  But there’s some level to truth to that statement.

Think about it, Pros stop at nothing to succeed at their game. They work tirelessly day in and day out on perfecting their skills. Because they can’t imagine doing anything else.  Just look at all the great Olympians who dedicate their lives to be at the Olympics or any pro sports player or A list actors and musicians.

Amateurs, on the other hand, dabble in the game. They work hard, but something always stops them. They may not have time to practice or they want to pursue other things as well. They may even think that they aren’t good enough so they should just “do it on the side.”

After reading all of this, if I said “amateurs don’t really love the game, only pros do” would you more or less agree?

Steven made this point about amateurs and pros in his book.  While reading this chapter, it made me think back in my own life and ask, “where have I been an amateur and where have I been pro?”

While reflecting on this concept, light bulb went off in my head and I realized there were many instances when I was being an amateur while trying to act pro – even in my business. I can totally see where I let resistance and other circumstances keep me at amateur level.

The beauty of all of this concept is that we can all be pros. You can turn pro and achieve great success if you’rewilling to put forth the effort and stop at nothing to achieve it.   No more putting forth “effort” haphazardly by “trying” to do it.  If you do it, you got to go all in!

So, I invite you to look at your life and see when and where you’ve been an amateur and where you’ve been a pro. It’s interesting to reflect on this and notice where you have not been playing all out.

I also invite you to look at your future and where you want to be. Ask yourself, if you’re willing to turn pro to achieve what you want.

If you are ready to go pro, start taking the action steps you need to take to get there right away!   No stopping.  If you are stopped, then you are not going pro.  Ask yourself, “what would it take to get to the next level?” and start taking baby steps towards it!

You can also sign up for my free program 1 Week to Done to help you reach your goal.  For now, I’m starting the party every first Sunday of the month.

7 day JOY challenge - 1 week jpeg

Finally, share what you got out of this blog post!  I LOVE feedback, in fact I crave it!

Let me know what you liked, didn’t like.  Let me know what you want to see more of.

You can do so by commenting below

And if you know someone who may need these words of inspiration, feel free to share it with him / her too!

*Photo Credit:

About the JOY Coach

Minling Chuang

Minling is the founder of {the JOY depot} and is on a mission to help new entrepreneurs start their dream business. She spent many years working on branding strategies for top brands like Lean Cuisine & Nestle Toll House and launching multimillion dollar products. Now Minling's passion is to help people create profitable businesses they love! She is also a Kundalini Yoga teacher in Venice, CA. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. And if you want to start your own business, book a clarity session with Minling.

Read The Comments Or Add Yours