What is professionalism?
Professionalism is standing for something. Professionalism is delaying gratification. Professionalism is doing all of the little things right knowing in the end you’ve done everything in your power to achieve your goals. Professionalism is the little steps a person takes that add up to one giant leap for mankind. Setting goals that seem impossible at first and pursuing them with relentless hunger. That is professionalism. Hoping for an end result is not wise, nor is it professional. Professionalism is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
It’s scary though, this professionalism thing and most people never conquer their fear of it. Professionalism can beat you ragged, leaving you gasping for air, hands trembling on shaking knees. It’s easy to never invest yourself, to never seek your full potential. It’s comforting to know that if you fail it’s okay because you let the heart sit this one out. Professionalism means that you might put your entire soul into something and still fail. The empire you’ve worked so tirelessly to build, like castles in the sand, may crumble before your feet. Failure is embarrassing. Embarrassment hurts. Professionalism is a risk. Risk is uncomfortable.
"Professionalism means that you might put your entire soul into something and still fail. The empire you’ve worked so tirelessly to build, like castles in the sand, may crumble before your feet."
You fear professionalism because it shows others that you stand for something, that you are willing to sacrifice life’s immediate pleasures for the benefit of your future. Life is about living in the moment, right? Is this really what "life is about?"
You've been taught that standing for something makes you a freak. Self-control is alien. Discipline is odd. Sacrifice is abnormal. Blend in. Camouflage is comfortable. There is nothing worse than an over-achiever. Standing above the crowd is showing off. The status quo is where you belong. Take a beer, take two, take three. You only live once. YOLO. Society's rules force followers. Professionalism challenges. Eating cake makes you soft. Meaningful moment's are created by years of professionalism. Sacrifice.
They say that nothing great comes easy, yet everyone expects a golden ticket from the heavens to fall into their lap. It’s called the lottery and it’s a game for suckers. There are millions of golden tickets waiting like butterflies in a field. Professionalism is the net you need to capture yours. Don’t let it flutter into the atmosphere. Grab it. Hold on tight. It might drop you flat on your face, then again it might take you to the sky. The moment is fleeting.
Be Kind. Do Good. Fly Fish.