|—||Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. - Living A Life of Awareness|
A professional schools herself to stand apart from her performance, even as she gives herself to it heart and soul. The Bhagavad-Gita tells us we have a right only to our labor, not the fruits of our labor. All the warrior can give is his life, all the athlete can do is leave everything on the field.
The professional loves her work. She is invested in it wholeheartedly. But she does not forget that the work is not her. Her artistic self contains many works and many performances. Already the next is percolating inside her. The next will be better, and the one after that better still.
- Steven Pressfield “The War of Art”