I finished reading "Turning Pro" by Steven Pressfield. Loved it. A great kick in ass to keep moving forward or to start your creative pursuit once again. When you read the passages of what seperates an amateur from a pro, your going to look at yourself and question, "which one am I?" You're going to examine your habits, your time management, and work ethic.
The book is broken down into short passages, that after reading, one can mediate on, and again, look at their life.
It comes down to this: Mind set and doing the work. Getting things done even when your muse is not cooperating with you.
That sounds to simple. It may be, but you should read for yourself.
Here are my favorite quotes from the book:
"I applaud your story of how you hit bottom, because at the bottom there's no one there but yourself."
"...I hadn't written anything good.It might be years before I would, if I ever did at all.That doesn't matter. What counted was that I had,after years from running from it, actually sat down and done my work."
"The professional shows up everyday, is commited for the long haul, is patient, seeks order, accepts no excuses, is prepared, is dedicated to mastering the technique, does not take failure personally, reinvents himself, and is recognized by other professionals."
"We have the rights to our labor, but not to the fruits of our labor."
"When we convene day upon day in the same space at the same time, a powerful energy builds up around us. This is the energy of our intention, of our dedication, of our commitment. The goddess sees this energy and she rewards it."
"The professional trusts the mystery. He knows that the muse always delivers. She may suprise us. She may give us something we never expected."
"You don't need to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind."