The Book in Three Sentences

  1. You can divide your life neatly into two parts: before turning pro and after.
  2. All you have to do to turn pro is decide.
  3. When you turn pro, life gets easier.

The Five Big Ideas

  1. “Do you remember where you were on 9/11? You’ll remember where you were when you turn pro.”
  2. When we’re afraid to embrace our true calling, we pursue a shadow calling instead. “
  3. The question we need to ask of a shadow career or an addiction is the same question the psychotherapist asks of a dream. ‘What is our unconscious trying to tell us?’”
  4. “The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits.”
  5. “Turning pro is like kicking a drug habit or stopping drinking. It’s a decision, a decision to which we must re-commit every day.”

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