Most of us are just amateurs.
What’s the difference? Actually, there are many differences:
Amateurs stop when they achieve something. Professionals understand that the initial achievement is just the beginning.
Amateurs think they are good at everything. Professionals understand their circles of competence.
Amateurs are not looking for new knowledge to improve. They stay with the old – what they are used to. Professional is always on the lookout for new knowledge to challenge their beliefs and get an advantage in the competition with others.
Amateurs see feedback and coaching as someone criticizing them as a person. Professionals know they have weak spots and seek out thoughtful criticism.
Amateurs value isolated performance. Think about the receiver who catches the ball once on a difficult throw. Professionals value consistency. Can I catch the ball in the same situation 9 times out of 10?
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 show up to practice to have fun. Professionals realize that what happens in practice happens in games.
Amateurs focus on being right. Professionals focus on getting the best outcome.
Amateurs focus on the short term. Professionals focus on the long term.
Amateurs focus on tearing other people down. Professionals focus on making everyone better.
Amateurs make decisions in committees so there is no one person responsible if things go wrong. Professionals make decisions as individuals and accept responsibility.
Amateurs blame others. Professionals accept responsibility.