What makes one an amateur, and what makes another a professional? Whom would you like on your team? Let’s map out the differences.
“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” — Red Adair
It is a dilemma that befalls any business owner: Do I work with beginners who will charge an entry-level fee, or with seasoned professionals with a proven track record and an impressive portfolio who will charge a higher fee? Your choice can make a huge difference in how fast your business will scale.
You can list down the pros and cons, but it’s important to be clear about where you want your business to go within a specific amount of time. Set that target and keep your eyes on it while you go about building your business. With every decision you make, ask yourself: Will this get me closer to my business goal?
When it comes to people we can work with, regardless of generation or age group, we can only work with two kinds: the amateur and the professional. Our traditional understanding may be that amateurs are young, fresh graduates with no work experience, and professionals are those who have had years of experience.
Does this still hold true today? Maybe, maybe not. When you’ve worked long enough with different kinds of people, you realize that what spells the difference between an amateur and a professional is their mindset. This mindset sets their habits. Their habits (or the lack of) make them better — or worse — regardless of age.
“The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits. We can never free ourselves from habit. But we can replace bad habits with good ones.”
We are ALL either amateur or pro
The fact is that, no matter a person’s age, he could be an amateur or a professional. This is determined by his attitude which then influences his actions.
We scoured the web to gain a better understanding in order to help you make better decisions when it comes to hiring members of your team. Here is what we found:
Amateurs vs professionals according to Farnam Street:
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Amateurs vs professionals according to The Smarter Brain:
Get tips on how to become a pro here.
“The amateur plays for fun. The professional plays for keeps”.
“The amateur plays part-time. The professional plays full-time”.
“The amateur is a weekend warrior. The professional shows up seven days a week.”
How does one develop professional habits?
If, after reading our checklists of what sets an amateur and a professional apart, you honestly feel like you fall under the “Amateur” category (or know someone who does), hope is not lost.
Professionalism can be developed, as long as one is ready to put in the work and the sacrifices. Begin with these 3 steps:
An important benchmark of professionalism is consistency. It is about working well every time, not just on the first time or the first engagement.
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