Quotes about amateurs versus professionals keep popping up for me lately.
Like this one from Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art*
“The amateur plays for fun. The professional plays for keeps. […] The professional loves it so much he dedicates his life to it. He commits full time.”
[*There’s a whole section in this book about “Turning Pro” and it is awesome.]
Then this one from Francis Crick, which was part of a recent Tim Ferriss newsletter:
“It is amateurs who have one big bright beautiful idea that they can never abandon. Professionals know that they have to produce theory after theory before they are likely to hit the jackpot.”
And then I heard James Wedmore say, and I’m paraphrasing here, that seasoned entrepreneurs (i.e. professionals) know there are opportunities everywhere, and the real work is in ignoring them.
And perhaps it’s not what any of them even meant, but you know what I heard in those quotes?
OK I GET IT. I NEED TO STAY FOCUSED AND DISCIPLINED AND NOT GIVE UP ON MY CHOSEN COURSE OF ACTION.
Because there’s a period of time when you’re in the middle of making a change or reaching a goal that feels totally flat.
And you don’t see any progress and in fact you see regression and you think things like
why did I ever feel like I could even do this? or
was this really a good idea? or
that other thing over there looks better, maybe I’ll do that instead or
things were definitely easier the way they already were, so let’s just go back to that, mmk?
Tell me it’s not just me.
When you're feeling like this, these are the times to write down hokey quotes and put them on your refrigerator and your bathroom mirror (even if your family makes fun).
To ignore the voice that says your work or your efforts aren’t good enough.
To show up like a professional, and just keep doing the thing.
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