I’m excited today because I want to talk to you about the difference between a Professional and an Amateur. Let’s start by looking at a Professional Athlete versus an Amateur Athlete.
Well, what are some attributes of a Professional? They have a couple things that distinguish them from an amateur. I’m going to give you a list of 4 things that I think distinguish them as a Professional athlete:
Number 1: A Professional Athlete typically has a plan. They have a written plan, they know exactly what they are going to do, they are signed to a team, and they have a plan for their future that is written down; Versus an Amateur is somebody who picks up a game whenever they want to pick it up, on the side/with some friends.. whatever it is, but it’s more haphazard. More “just because they can” as an amateur.
Number 2: A Professional Athlete works on a very confident team, In fact, with other high performers that in some cases are better in other areas of the sport than they are. For example, if they are a good free throw shooter, or a good rebounder, you bring other people to the team that are great in those other areas; Versus an Amateur finds whomever is lying around. i.e.: If you happen to have 1 or 2 friends of yours lying around, you rope them into a game. You don’t really look for their unique talents or know what their individual skill sets are.
Number 3: A Professional Athlete always has a professional coach, someone who has been in the coaching industry and has experience doing that, and has also created other champions; Versus an Amateur Athlete, they tend to do it on their own. They say, “I don’t need a coach, this is what I do.” Have you ever watch an amateur game of basketball? Everybody hangs-out, Everybody tries to be the coach... Everybody thinks they are doing it better than the other. Everyone is trying to coach each other, instead of just one person coaching and running the whole organization.
Number 4: A Professional Athlete makes way more money than an amateur ever will. In fact, in order to be a Professional Athlete you should get paid for what you do. There are plenty of Amateur athletes that make a little bit of money. Professional athletes make a lot of money. In fact, it is the number one, highest producing incomes in the country. Which is why so many people want to become a Professional athlete; Versus an Amateur, they do it because they love it, as a hobby, something to have on the side. But I want to say this to you because most business owners get into business for themselves because they love something so much and they don’t want to work for somebody else. This is the wrong reason to get into business, and it’s part of what sets you up to be an amateur business owner instead of a professional.
Take a look at the first 3 things that I mentioned: 1- Having a written plan. 2-Having a team that’s better than you in many areas.. 3- Having a coach for your business. And if you don’t have any of those 3 things, you need to do something about it right away, get on writing a plan, take a look at your team, or hire a coach. It does not have to be us, but it should be a coach that will help you grow and succeed in your business.
So that’s it for this week’s video newsletter about professional business owner’s versus amateur business owners. Take care!