Professional vs. Amateur: Know the Differences
If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur!
There is nothing more frustrating than discovering that a task was not completed as requested. What’s even worst is if the individual(s) that you entrusted the responsibility of the task to is incapable of correcting the error(s), nor do they understand why there is an error. Have you ever experienced this?
Understanding the capabilities of the individuals that you work with is essential to ensure that you chose the right person for the job. Knowing the difference between a professional and an amateur can help you identify the level of experience needed for a task to avoid the headache of an unfinished or delayed project.
There are varying differences in the mindset, attitude, and habits of a professional than that of an amateur. Before planning your next project consider the following when determining who to add to your team.
- Amateurs focus on now. They quickly move on to the next thing without hesitation. Professionals focus on long term. They seek to build and sustain relationships.
- Amateurs give up easily. When they encounter a problem they may not make the effort to work toward resolution. Professionals are committed to the process and will seek opportunities to improve it.
- Amateurs are inconsistent and may be unreliable. Professionals are consistent and reliable.
- Amateurs wait for clarity and may not know how to proceed without it. They may not take the initiative to find a solution and will wait for you to tell them what to do. Professionals focus on solutions and take action. They use their expertise to identify gaps and viable solutions. They simply figure it out and find a way to make it happen.
- Amateurs rarely invest in their development and may do the bare minimum. Professionals invest in personal development and do their best to exceed expectations.
This post is not discouraging working with someone who is inexperienced because I believe that everyone deserves an opportunity. The goal is to help individuals identify when they need to seek the experience of a professional over that of an inexperienced person. Always consider the need and the desired outcome when making your decision.