Our society does not emphasize the importance of professionalism, so people tend to believe that amateur work is normal (not).
Being a professional in your field means much more than wearing a tie or possessing a college degree and a noted title. Professionalism has to do with how you conduct yourself. As a professional, you will be counted on finding a way to get the job done. Responding to people promptly and following through on promises in a timely manner, as this demonstrates reliability. YES BE RELIABLE & ACTION YOUR PROMISES!
- 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 procrastinate.
- A professional remains level-headed and optimistic. An amateur gets upset and assumes the worst.
- A professional faces up to other people’s upsets and problems. An amateur avoids others’ problems.
- 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 service.
- A professional has a promising future. An amateur has an uncertain future.
“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” — L. Ron Hubbard