Making a Visible Commitment
by Phil Hanson
When you make professionalism your highest
priority people notice, because you're making a visible commitment
to excellence. Professionalism is an attitude shared by winners
in every conceivable kind of occupation or endeavor. It's the
mindset of people who are driven to excel.
traits! What characteristics do professionals have in common?
Many, it seems. While this is not a definitive list, intelligence,
talent, motivation, enthusiasm, focus, determination, dedication,
commitment and dependability are traits most professionals possess
in common. There are others, to be sure, but these are the most
combination of factors! Professionals may have lots of talent,
but talent alone is not what brings them success or makes them
professional. Rather, it's a combination of factors working
in concert that turn professional-minded people into successful
shortcuts! People who practice professional ethics know
there are no shortcuts to success. They know that things which
lead to success often take place behind the scenes, and that
there are no overnight successesovernight success stories
often take years in the telling. All professionals pay their
dues. It's the price of success.
beginnings! If professionals seem to know more than their
non-professional counterparts, it's not because they're inherently
smarter but because they understand that knowledge is the framework
upon which high achievement is built. They spare no effort to
acquire knowledge and, once they have it, to refine it and implement
it to their best advantage.
work! Be prepared for lots of it. Hard work is the only
way to attain professional status, as every successful professional
knows. There is no easy way. It takes hard work to get to the
top and more hard work to stay at the top. That's the reality
of the professional. If you would be a professional, make it
your reality, too.
pursuit of perfection! Isn't that what professionalism is
all about, pursuing perfection? Isn't it why we strive, relentlessly,
to be the best? Isn't it why we continually refine our knowledge
and our skills, that we can gain prominence and enhance our
reputations and thus increase our value in the marketplace?
their quest for perfection, professionals know how important
it is to pay attention to details. No detail is too small or
so insignificant that it escapes a professional's attention.
It's the little things, often lots of little things, which add
up to superior levels of service and performance.
serious Internet professionals establish reputations for quality,
value, performance, accuracy, honesty and integrity, they ascend
to the top income brackets of their chosen fields because their
products or services are in high demand.
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