#160: Amateur vs. Pro
We are all a pro leap away from achieving greatness
An amateur wants it all, right away, this very moment, or he completely refuses to do anything. An amateur is a lazy and arrogant dilettante ignorant of the path to success. He can never get there because he backs out before the real struggle even begins. An amateur commits to his impression of pro habits but fails the next day.
It’s not that the pro gets the world-class results quickly. It’s that the pro knows, embraces, and commits to what it actually takes. A pro isn’t trying to jump steps but is rather ready to embrace the hard and long work it takes. The pro sticks with the pro habits for a lifetime, every single day. The way the model eats and the athlete trains is not a choice but a way of being.
I am an amateur writer, an amateur yogi, and an amateur entrepreneur. Most of us are amateurs at most things we do. We all admire the pros for their grace, beauty, mastery, and dedication. We are all a pro leap away from achieving greatness. So I ask myself:
How much longer will you tolerate being an amateur?
Going Pro | Steven Pressfield