|Are You a Professional?
How you look, talk, write, act and work
determines whether you are a professional or an amateur. Society does
not emphasize the importance of professionalism, so people tend to
believe that amateur work is normal. Many businesses accept
Schools graduate students who cannot
read. You can miss 15% of the driving-test answers and still get a
driver license. "Just getting by" is an attitude many people
accept. But it is the attitude of amateurs.
"Don't ever do anything as though
you were an amateur.
"Anything you do, do it as a
Professional to Professional standards.
"If you have the idea about anything
you do that you just dabble in it, you will wind up with a dabble life.
There'll be no satisfaction in it because there will be no real
production you can be proud of.
"Develop the frame of mind that
whatever you do, you are doing it as a professional and move up to
professional standards in it.
"Never let it be said of you that
you lived an amateur life.
"Professionals see situations
and they handle what they see. They are not amateur dabblers.
"So learn this as a first lesson
about life. The only successful beings in any field, including living
itself, are those who have a professional viewpoint and make themselves
and ARE professionals" ó
L. Ron Hubbard
A professional learns every aspect of the
job. An amateur skips the learning process whenever possible.
A professional carefully discovers what
is needed and wanted. An amateur assumes what others need and want.
A professional looks, speaks and dresses
like a professional. An amateur is sloppy in appearance and speech.
A professional keeps his or her work area
clean and orderly. An amateur has a messy, confused or dirty work area.
A professional is focused and
clear-headed. An amateur is confused and distracted.
A professional does not let mistakes
slide by. An amateur ignores or hides mistakes.
A professional jumps into difficult
assignments. An amateur tries to get out of difficult work.
A professional completes projects as soon
as possible. An amateur is surrounded by unfinished work piled on top of
A professional remains level-headed and
optimistic. An amateur gets upset and assumes the worst.
A professional handles money and accounts
very carefully. An amateur is sloppy with money or accounts.
A professional faces up to other peopleís
upsets and problems. An amateur avoids othersí problems.
A professional uses higher emotional
tones: Enthusiasm, cheerfulness, interest, contentment. An amateur uses
lower emotional tones: anger, hostility, resentment, fear, victim.
A professional persists until the
objective is achieved. An amateur gives up at the first opportunity.
A professional produces more than
expected. An amateur produces just enough to get by.
A professional produces a high-quality
product or service. An amateur produces a medium-to-low quality product or
A professional earns high pay. An amateur
earns low pay and feels itís unfair.
A professional has a promising future. An
amateur has an uncertain future.
The first step to making yourself a
professional is to decide you ARE a professional.
Are you a professional?