The Difference Between Amateurs and Professionals
Something that people often say about personal development is it will help you ‘get to the next level’ or ‘level up’. While I don’t think there are distinctive tiers or levels of self-growth I do believe there is a full-spectrum, and it’s our job to climb our way higher. What’s crazy about this spectrum is that the better you get at something, the harder it becomes to make additional progress. That’s why it’s pretty easy to get pretty good at something and it takes years to become elite.
There’s a serious mindset difference as well between being an amateur and being a professional, and the way you approach the work assigns you to a certain skill level. An amateur practices until they get it right, a professional practices until they can’t get it wrong. Read that again and let it sink in.
What this naturally means is you can’t be a professional at everything. If you want to be a professional you need to be very specific about what you’re investing your time and energy into. There’s a level of professionalism and discipline required to perfecting your craft that is redundant, monotonous, and ungratifying. Not everyone is cut out for it, but that’s what it takes to be a true pro.
No one is an overnight success. Like the tip of an iceberg you don’t see everything that goes into it under the surface.
And while not everyone is meant to be the best in the world at something, there is something inside of each of us that is destined for greatness. With that in mind I want to ask you this question - What do you work the hardest on in your life, and how is that producing results for you?
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