“There is no room for the dilettante in this business”
Are you a professional, an amateur, or a dilettante?
Worse than an amateur is a dilettante. A dilettante is defined as a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts (speaking), without real commitment or knowledge. Synonyms: non-professional, non-specialist, layman, layperson, dilly-dallier.
How long will you languish as an amateur or a dabbler?
According to author Steven Pressman, author of Turning Pro, the professional possesses traits and characteristics that the amateur does not.
QUALITIES OF THE PROFESSIONAL:
- The professional shows up every day
- The professional stays on the job all day
- The professional is committed over the long haul
- For the professional, the stakes are high and real
- The professional is patient
- The professional seeks order
- The professional demystifies
- The professional acts in the face of fear
- The professional accepts no excuses
- The professional plays it as it lies
- The professional is prepared
- The professional does not show off
- The professional dedicates himself to mastering technique
- The professional does not hesitate to ask for help
- The professional does not take failure or success personally
- The professional endures adversity
- The professional self-validates
- The professional reinvents herself
- The professional is recognized by other professionals
- The professional is courageous
- The professional will not be distracted
- The professional lives in the present – not the past, nor the future
- The professional does not wait for inspiration. He acts in anticipation of it.
If you see an opportunity, act; don’t blink! – Warren Buffett
When, if ever, will you turn professional?
Some of you who follow me have expressed an interest in turning pro, becoming a professional speaker, trainer, or both. When will you turn your bucket/wish list into reality? When will you be able to check off that box?
If you’re ready to turn professional and stop dilly-dallying, you have one opportunity in the year 2015.
The time is now!
This opportunity is not for everyone. Dilettantes, dabblers, and dilly-dalliers need not apply. Only professionals or amateurs who are serious about being professionals should act on this opportunity.