The fact that a professional shows up seem so basic – of course they do.
But this routine of showing up and taking action every day works.
It can be so much of the difference between the novice, and someone who finally becomes a pro.
A novice needs movitation, inspiration, and acclaim.
The pro wants the same, but shows up and works no matter the circumstance or the result.
“The professional cannot allow the actions of others to define his reality. Tomorrow morning the critic will be gone, but the writer will still be there facing the blank page. Nothing matters but that he keep working. Short of a family crisis or the outbreak of World War III, the professional shows up, ready to serve the gods.”
–Steven Pressfield, The War Of Art