Thoughts on: “Turning Pro” by Steven Pressfield

This book is about the struggle against Resistance that keeps us from pursuing our creative endeavors.

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It is this Resistance that makes us hate ourselves, and that breeds undirected discontent.

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The world is made up of amateurs and professionals. They are both dealing with the same material (the pain of being human and struggle of self-sabotage), but they have fundamentally different approaches on how to deal with it.

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The amateur dreads becoming who she really is because she fear that this new person will be judged and rejected by the tribe.

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The amateur replaces ambition with addiction. Drugs, alcohol and other distractions; like drama, social media, porn, the news, food keeps the amateur from doing the actual work required.

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When we turn pro people will attempt to make us feel guilty for the change we are undergoing. Sacrifices will have to be made and habits will shift.

When we turn pro we face our fear.

When we turn pro, everything becomes simple. Turning pro is a commitment to do the work.

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📝 “Our work is a practice. One bad day is nothing for us. Ten bad days are nothing.” Because we are pros.

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📝 The amateur identifies with his ego. That’s why he is terrified. He competes with others and rates himself in relation to others.”

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📝 “Krishna said we have the right to our labor, but not the fruits of our labor. He meant that the piano is its own reward, as is the canvas, the barre and the movieola”

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⭐️ TAKEAWAY: The amateur dreads becoming who she really is because she fear that this new person will be judged and rejected by the tribe. But the fact is that nobody gives a shit and there is no tribe. People are to caught up in their own bullshit to care. Realize this and you’re free to do what the fuck you want.

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Fantastic book! Your will save yourself time and effort by underlining what you find unimportant, rather than the other way around! 😀👌🏻

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5/5

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Thoughts on: “Fables of Fortune” by Richard Watts

“Fable of Fortune – What rich people have that you don’t want.”

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Richard Watts has worked as a legal counsel for the super rich for many years. In his book he shares stories for this hidden world, showing that it might not be all roses after all.

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This is not a psychological study of the wealthy as much as it’s a collection of stories of the often sad faiths of the super rich.

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Who are the super rich? Forbes draws the line when you have a net worth of over 30 mil. That’s not the super rich Watts talks about. He is talking about people worth over a $100 million, the people that never ever have to ask themselves, “Can I afford this?”.

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📝 “A healthy adult will not mature without exposure to difficulty and pain”

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📝 Before Petrov became rich, he was a man of simple means and: “He worked most of his life to get ahead, and in doing so he unintentionally made several generations of Petrovs unhappy, caused divorces, fostered broken relationships between siblings, and left his wife to die frustrated and unappreciated.”

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📝 “Wealth is like snorting cocaine. It seems fun and exciting at first; the rush is addictive. But eventually you can’t recognize when you are high; you become aware of the drug only when you don’t have it. Each time you need a little bit more to feel the same ecstasy”.

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📝 the 1st generation of wealth is usually hardworking and focused. The 2nd entitled. The 3rd generation stands no chance, they have no sense of value of wealth. They have no connection to the sacrifices that made their lifestyles possible.

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⭐️ TAKEAWAY: “The wealthiest person is not who has the most, but who needs the least.”

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The book is quick read and it’s hard to put it down because it’s told through absurd and often sad stories about the lives of the haves. But it’s lacks in depth and nuance, and has a uncomfortable tabloid feel to it as you get to indulge in divorce, greed and misfortunes of the rich and famous.

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3/5

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Best Books of the Year: #3

#3 “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse

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Hesse influential book about a wealthy Brahmin son that casts off a life of privilege to find spiritual fulfillment. A short read and profound read!

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“This book is scripture posing as literature and is best read after getting what you thought you wanted.” – Gary (Goodreads). I think this sentence really captures why this book is important.

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It ended up in my possession by coincidence. It was not on my radar at all. I met the mysterious man behind @booksonthetub in the subway one autumn morning at 5am. He had brought a stack of books for me that he thought might be of interest and “Siddhartha” was one of them. I’m happy I read it! It’s not every day you find a book that you know you will go back to over and over again throughout life. This book also spawned my first fiction review on my page. There will be more of that going forward!

——— 🤔QUESTIONS🤔——-

What book was surprising for you last year?

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This book got me so inspired that I made a fool of myself and wrote the review of it in verse.

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Raw & Unedited Notes: ‘So you’ve been Publicly Shamed’ by Jon Ronson

Disclaimer: These are the notes I took while reading this book and there might be missing quotation marks, unchecked facts and other errors.

“And the one day it hit me. Something of real consequence was happening. We were at the start of a great renaissance of public shaming. After a lull of 180 years (public punishments were phased out in 1837 in the United Kingdom and in 1839 in the UNited states) it was back in a big way.

Online shaming. “The silenced were getting a voice.. it was like a democratization of justice.”

“The snowflake newer needs to be responsible for the avalanche”

The first part of the book describes a writer being caught with plagiarism.

Self-plagiarism: reusing part of a text you already published in a new article.

Tweeted:

“Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!

Then entered the plane for a 11 hour flight… then her phone exploded.

Your explanation or apology will never get the attention the original mistake or misjudgment did. Forever alone.

“A life had been ruined. What was it for: just some social media drama?”

Critics of judge ted Poe “They said the is no coincidence that public shaming had enjoyed such renaissance in Maos China and Hitlers Germany and in the Ku Klux Klans America: it destroys souls, brutalize everyone, the onlookers included, dehumanizing them as much as the person being shamed”

There is a judge named ted Poe that likes to sentence people to public shaming. He had a drunk driver have a sign that read: ”I killed two people while drunk driving.” Surprisingly a lot of people that was shamed don’t get in trouble again, but people sentenced to jail do. A lot of people was even thankful to the judge. The guy wearing the sign feared people’s comments but it turned out they were friendly and comforting. “Good bless you”. Social media shamings are worse… they are anonymous.

Lol! internet saying: ”Facebook is where you lie to your friends and twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers”

Le Bon (1879), a sexist and racist asshole, wrote in his book “The Crowd” about the madness of crowd mentality, “a crowd is only impressed by excessive sentiments. Exaggerate, affirm, resort to repetition, and never attempt to prove anything by reasoning”. Fits certain modern political tactics pretty well.

“Somebody (HIV+) must rape this bitch and we’ll see if her skin colour protects her from AIDS”

Nobody went after this person who was being inappropriate in the way he/she was destroying Justine. People where to busy shaming her!

Ad hominem attack: when someone can’t defend a criticism against them, they change the subject by attacking the criticizer.

I was totally mind blown by the stories in this book. How horrible things like this keep happening. Or was I just less desensitized than before due to my refrain from consuming social media and news?

Malcom gladwell confess that he fell a little to much in love with the simplicity and elegance of the broken window theory in his book “the tipping point”. Crime had already declined for five years in New York before “stop and frisk” was implemented.

Max Oswald: how did he walk away from his shaming unaffected? He thinks it’s because he simply refused to be ashamed. Does the shaming only work if the shamee plays their part and feel ashamed?

Attended a session with Brad Blaton where people told each other the truth. (Exciting)

Undercover woman.

Book tip: “The murderer next door”

“Brad Blanton was right. Shame internalized can lead to agony. …Whereas shame let out can lead to freedom, or at least a funny story, which is a sort of freedom too. (P.163)

The author is a bit full of himself and condescending by it enjoyable to read his stories.

Max Mosley: ‘as soon as the victim steps out of the pact by refusing to be ashamed, the whole thing crumbles’

But according to Ron: nobody cared about a man being in a consensual sex scandal. Woman on the other hand…

Mike: a conflict between the narrative you want about yourself and the version of the narrative that other people want to force apon you. Create a third story and own it! Disrespect the other narrative. Page 192

Reputation management: a new industry and field of work sprung up when cyber bullying and revenge porn became a thing in mid 2000s

A common theme for the worst and most murderous criminals is that they’ve been horrible abused. The shame has made deadened their souls.

“What the first page looks like determines what people think of you” (about google and reputation)

“We see ourselves as non-conformists, but I think all of this is creating a more conformist, conservative age”

“We are defining the boundaries of normality by tearing apart people outside it”

Need tips on more books on internet culture

Comments differ depending on gender: “I going to get you fired” vs. “I’m going to rape you!”. Shaming comments follows cultural norms that men are expected to be employed, while the highest degradation of a women is rape. (A bit uneven punishment maybe? 🤔)

What was your takeaways from this book?