Are you a professional ?

"The difference between an amateur and a professional is their habits." 

 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 unfinished work.

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 people’s upsets and problems.

An amateur avoids others’ 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 medium-to-low quality product or service.

A professional earns high pay.

An amateur earns low pay and feels it’s unfair.

A professional has a promising future.

An amateur has an uncertain future. 

A professional shows up every day,  stays on the job all day, is committed over the long patient, seeks order...demystifies... acts in the face of fear, accepts no excuses, deals with what is 

... is prepared, does not show off, dedicates himself to mastering technique, does not hesitate to ask for help, does not take failure or success personally, does not identify with his or her instrument, endures adversity, self-validates, reinvents herself

... is recognized by other professionals

for the professional,the stakes are real and high

Goal getting is the mark of a true professional

it separates professionals from amateurs.

Are you a professional ?