Public Relations and business consultants must take out time to ask themselves what it really means to be a professional.
Being a professional means consistently achieving high standards, both visibly and behind the scenes, whatever your role. It’s not a trait for only elite athletes or legendary entrepreneurs. It’s a mindset.
The differences between a professional and an amateur is listed below. As a public relations person, check out how you rank.
17 differences between amateurs and professionals
- Amateurs stop when they achieve something. Professionals understand that the initial achievement is just the beginning.
- Amateurs have a goal. Professionals have a process.
- Amateurs think they are good at everything. Professionals understand their circles of competence.
- Amateurs see feedback and coaching as someone criticizing them as a person. Professionals know they have weak spots and seek out thoughtful criticism.
- Amateurs give up at the first sign of trouble and assume they’re failures. Professionals see failure as part of the path to growth and mastery.
- Amateurs don’t have any idea what improves the odds of achieving good outcomes. Professionals do.
- Amateurs focus on identifying their weaknesses and improving them. Professionals focus on their strengths and on finding people who are strong where they are weak.
- Amateurs react. Professionals prepare.
- Amateurs think knowledge is power. Professionals pass on wisdom and advice.
- Amateurs focus on being right. Professionals focus on getting the best outcome.
- Amateurs focus on first-level thinking. Professionals focus on second-order thinking. First-level thinking is simplistic and superficial, and just about everyone can do it. Second-level thinking is deep, complex and convoluted. Extraordinary performance comes from seeing things that other people can’t see.
- Amateurs focus on the short term. Professionals focus on the long term.
- Amateurs blame others. Professionals accept responsibility.
- Amateurs go faster. Professionals go further.
- Amateurs go with the first idea that comes into their head. Professionals realize the first idea is rarely the best idea.
- Amateurs believe that the world should work the way they want it to. Professionals realize that they have to work with the world as they find it.
- Amateurs strive to achieve. Professionals strive to improve – The professional understands that an achievement is simply an indication of how much they’ve improved. They are focused on continuous growth and seek to find new ways to improve themselves.