Professionals are expensive, but the good ones could charge a lot more than they do. They have a way of pushing through even when they don’t want to. They show up, day in and day out. Their work is professional. Their mannerisms are professional. They make promises and keep them. The thing about professionals is that they get better with time, which only increases their value.
Amateurs are dabblers. But they are really good at it. They are in it for the love of the game, not the fame or money. Their work isn’t work at all, but rather, a craft, a practice. They are willing to go to great lengths to do what they love. Their reward is fulfillment, freedom.
And then you have workers. People who go to work because it’s something to do. It’s a way to make money, nothing more. Workers account for a majority of today’s workforce. Refuse to just be a worker. They give work a bad name. No matter what your job is, choose to become a professional at it—even if that means becoming a professional amateur.