10 Differences Between Amateaurs & Professionals (William Grigsby)

10 Differences Between Amateaurs & Professionals (William Grigsby) by Charles Sledge

This is a guest post by William Grigsby who is a HR manager at assignmentmasters.orgHe’s fascinated about how each person’s unique traits and skills are their most efficient tools for reaching success. For three years already, through his writing, he has helped people understand and leverage their full potential. In this article he talks about the 10 differences between amateaurs and professionals. Enjoy.

Being successful and being professional are not the same. An unprofessional person can be successful…it is just more difficult. Professional people are more likely to be successful because they have the right attitude, skills and knowledge.

1 – Professionals Have Been Through The Mill

Some people grow a professional attitude, but most have to visit the school of hard knocks before they become professional. Professionals need to know and experience the pain of defeat and the horror of error; they need to know what “could” happen if they do not become more professional.

2 – Amateurs Dress For The Part

Nobody is saying that professional lawyers turn up in sheep shearing smocks, but amateurs think that the clothes make the man; it just isn’t true. Find the best programmer you can find, and he is either overweight with a stained shirt, or he has a beard and looks like somebody dragged him through a barn. Look at Bill Gate’s haircut, Mark Zuckerberg’s hoodie, or Steve Job’s jeans.

3 – Professionals Do Not Chase Their Dreams

Dreams are great, but if you concentrate solely on your dreams, then you miss something more powerful, you miss opportunities. Think of all the actresses that win an award and say, “Hey girls, follow your dreams and you will win.” What about all the other hundreds of actresses who were following their dreams and didn’t win the award?

4 – Amateurs Stop Practicing When They Get Good Enough

Getting better and better (semi-perpetually) is the mark of a professional. Stopping when you are good enough is not acceptable if you wish to be a professional. Fighters don’t stop training after they win their first fight, and artists don’t stop sculpting after their first good statue.

5 – Professionals Know When To Bow Out Of A Challenge

Being the underdog, and having it “Me against the world” is alluring and maybe even romantic, but it is not what a professional does. The world’s best lawyers do not take every case, the best surgeons don’t take every patient, and the best businesspeople do not compete with every competitor.

6 – Amateures Try To Go It Alone

Professionals rely on others and they are not shy about it. While in court, Henry Ford couldn’t answer a series of simple questions on American history, geography, and math. The opposing council said that Ford’s inability to answer these simple questions was proof that he was dumb. Ford said, “I have three buttons on my desk. If I have a question about anything, I press a button and there are teams waiting to tell me the answer.”

7 – Professionals Are Good At Identifying Weakness

Identifying weakness in themselves and in others is key to being a professional. A professional needs to know what he/she can and cannot do, so that he/she may rely on others to cover his/her weaknesses.

8 – Amateurs Still Make Mistakes

A professional doesn’t make mistakes because for every eventuality that can go wrong, a professional has a backup plan.

9 – Professionals Show Up On Time

Sounds simple enough doesn’t it. A professional appreciates the value of time, which is why professionals do not turn up late. You may claim that even professionals get stuck in traffic, but professionals set off earlier just in case there is traffic.

10 – Amateurs “Act” Professionally

A true professional has a keen sense of what is right/correct and what is wrong/incorrect. That is why people are often surprised when professional’s let loose a little and act a little childishly. Professionals are not “Acting” professional—they are professional. Yet, professionals act unprofessionally behind closed doors.

Do you honestly think that Judge Judy hasn’t once hooked a rolled up piece of people into paper basket and done a little dance to celebrate. You cannot tell me that Donald Trump has never heard the rocky theme tune and gone for a punchy jog? Do you really think Thomas Edison didn’t at any point throw a bit of crud onto his light bulb just to see it burn? Amateurs “Act” professional, whereas professionals “Are” professional because professionals have a keen sense of right/wrong, correct and incorrect. That doesn’t mean that professionals don’t have a fun and childish side; you just have to be in the right place at the right time to see it.

Charles Sledge

  • Johnny Grube

    HR is a bullshit job, it’s a job to control children, and reprimand people who offend others!

  • Iván Kugelmas

    Hey Charles glad to see you active with your content.I have a question.I m looking to the possibility to get on a cycle of roids…what are your thoughts about juice?Can upgrade your life?It makes you more masculine?Thanks for your time.

    • Haha Ivan, obviously I cannot recommend roids as they’re illegal and I’m against all things illegal, of course. You may want to look into TRT if that’s something you’re interested in, with a doctor of course.

      • Iván Kugelmas

        Yeah its a pretty funny question but its olso funny that if you want to boost your tetosterone then its ilegal but if you want to get some estrogens to grow some tits there is not a problem.I was reading some posts on the TRP and bodybuilding and they were debating this…and that induced testosterone not olso helps you with a better body but with an improve in your masculine behaivor.IRDK the final answer.

        • Yeah the laws regarding steroids are stupid. They do make you more masculine, stronger, and in better shape. And yeah if you wanted to chop your dick off and become a broad no problem getting hormones. But God forbid you want to be more of a man.

          Hell if I was president I’d pretty much mandate their use lol. At least it seems they’re coming around on TRT but we’ll see.

      • Iván Kugelmas

        Yeah its a pretty funny question but its olso funny that of you want to be more masculine and get induced testosterone then is ilegal, but if you want to be more like a woman and get some tits its not a big problem..I was reading some debates on TRP and bodybuilding.com about this…it seems to not olso get you a better body but to upgrade your masculine behaivor.