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Stop acting like an amateur


A whole week since my last post. You can call me a slacker, I won’t be offended.

We are 2 days away from our big move back to Michigan.

I. CAN’T. WAIT. to get out of Illinois. And be closer to friends and family. I love my internet friends, but people look at me funny when I say

“My friend from online.”

I need to see some in-person friends for a change.


Hope your last week was extremely productive – unlike mine.

After RHH Live, I’ll be honest, I felt a bit overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with all of the things that I needed to get done in the next couple of months month. Overwhelmed with all of the projects I have to catch up on, thanks to that damn hurricane. Overwhelmed with all of the pressure I feel to grow.

Do you ever feel that way?


Glad I’m not the only one.


I just wanted to drop in and tell myself to

suck it up

stop acting like an amateur


slow down & breath


Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about you.

I’m reading this fantastic book right now – Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield.

I just finished The War of Art last week – also by Steven Pressfield. And can I say it – holy amaze-balls!

The War of Art opened my eyes to so many bad habits and excuses that I make day-in and day-out.

Like this –

Resistance is the key to failure.

It’s what pushes us away from actually sitting down to do the work.

If you can power through resistance and just DO, you’ll be able to accomplish anything you set your mind to.

Or this –

The artist vs. the addict.

Are you living in a shadow career?

Are you passionate about something but not taking action?

The artist is living out a productive, creative career. The addict is caught in an endless loop of aspiration and yearning that never gets backed up with meaningful action.

Which are you?

Can you backup your passion with action?



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Stop being an amateur.

This time I’m talking to you.

Be a pro.

When you’re living the life of an amateur, you’re running away from your calling. You’re running away from your truest self.

The world needs what you have to offer, because truth is –

there is only one of you


you are the only one who can do what you do in the exact way that you do it

Think about that.


If you haven’t already, I highly encourage you to grab a copy of both, The War of Art (read this one first) and Turning Pro. It will change the way you treat and act towards your business.

Also, if you missed it in the last post, if you want to uncover your truest self, I urge you to take Sally Hogshead’s Fascination Advantage Test. It’s incredible.


Want to see how I live out my Pro life?

Like I mentioned last week. there is a new program in the works. A very juicy program for you, a very scary program for me. I’m letting you behind the closed door of my business in 2013.

I’m talking


It’s a bi-weekly email program. You pay once and you get my exclusive, top-secret (nobody else on the face of the planet sees) emails delivered straight to your inbox every two weeks.

It’s going to take the guessing game out of your own programs. You’ll get to see exactly how I manage to tackle my 2013 goals, how much money I earn and how I handle any failures (knock on wood).

Sign up here and you’ll be one of the lucky ones that gets the program at a super-discounted rate. Only my awesome email crew will get this pre-sale discount, so jump on it, if you’re already hooked or want to know more.

love & passion,

  • jenserafini

    Thanks for this post! It really is all about how you feel and treat yourself, as an amateur or an expert. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of that. Good luck with the move!

    • amandagenther

      Thanks Jen! Yes – if you treat yourself like a Pro, people will start to see you as a Pro.

  • Krystle

    I love the interview Marie Forleo did with Steven Pressfield. I’ve tried to set-up my business “like a pro” from the beginning. I hired a CPA and a Lawyer for my business way before I probably needed to, but I wanted to commit. Completely. I’ve got a long way to go, but setting up the foundation has been so important for me to keep momentum.

    • amandagenther

      Same here. If you get into the PRO mindset, you can’t run your business like an amateur! I like your style!

  • I needed this kick in the pants today. Thank you!

    • amandagenther

      You’re most welcome. I love kicking people in the pants :)

  • amanda – hahaha i wrote such a similar post yesterday and mentioned steven pressfield – i’m reading war of art right now. awesome right!?

    • amandagenther

      I hope you love it as much as I do!

  • This is the first time reading your blog, and I am not even finished with this post, but I got to War of Art, and had to comment. That book is life changing, isn’t it! It resonated with me so deeply! The part about resistance is SO. TRUE. Anyway, just had to comment!! :D

  • Kristin

    I was beginning to doubt myself again taking creative leaps. This is exactly what I needed to hear today! Picking up The War of Art tomorrow… Thank you for the kick in the right direction.

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