Being professional isn’t about being stuffy. It isn’t about using 5 syllable words, or sounding smart. It isn’t about the right suit or the corner office. It isn’t about appearance or posturing.
Being professional is deeper than that. It is dedication to a way of life.
How to be a pro:
- Aim for excellence. Not perfection. Perfection is the goal of an amateur because it is not possible.
- Be in the moment. All moments. Even the unpleasant ones.
- Be of service. Help others get what they want.
- Ship. In a state of excellence, not perfection.
- Respect. Respect your time as much as your client’s/customers
- Question. Ask the right questions. You can’t get the right answer until you ask the right questions.
- Learn your craft. Constantly learn and grow.
- Know when it is time to go to sleep. Know when it is time to wake up.
- Love your work. Care more about your work than potential notoriety.
- People. Surround yourself with people that are better than you.
- Care about what matters. Quality and service, not time clocks and statutes (unless you are a lawyer)
- Brand. Know that you are your brand and hold that sacred
- Listen. I already mentioned it, but listen to yourself, your clients, your prospects, your team