If you are going to get good at something it be better be something worth getting good at. You only have one shot to do something significant with your life after all. This post is going to focus on the attributes that professional have that enable them to live a meaningful life.
They may be people that you look up to and feel like you can never be like them because they seem to be on a planet of their own. They are human beings like you and me. You can learn what they have learned and apply it to your life and achieve similar results.
1. Exude passion
Have you ever attempted doing something for which you had no real interest in doing? I bet you have and I suspect that it wasn’t a pleasant experience. You may be capable of doing a certain job but in the long term it can suck the life out of you. It’s unfortunate that the majority of people are stuck in jobs and careers that they don’t enjoy but work in those environments to make ends meet.
At best doing work you don’t enjoy is mechanical and adds little value to the people you are working for or working with. I liken it to a computer that can do the required tasks but whose performance is mediocre due to viruses or incompatible software. Such a computer is not fun to use and the same applies to human relations.
The expert in his or her field is involved mentally and emotionally in what they do. It almost seems as though passion is related to purpose. A sense of purpose is what gives you a reason to get out of bed every morning to do meaningful work and make a difference in other people’s lives. You can also think of passion as being related to the anointing on your life.
If you are passionate about your work it doesn’t matter how long you work because all of you is engaged and the people around you will see it and be inspired. Passion is imperative if you’re going to do great work. If you’re not sure about your purpose and passion decide to discover it and try out different things as much as you can.
2. Standard of excellence
The expert does his work to a standard of excellence by doing the best he can whether he has little resources or not. Excellence can easily be confused with having abundant resources but that is not always the case. Having a standard of excellence is related to being faithful with the little you have and doing a good job with it. When you are faithful with the little you will be entrusted with more.
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” ~ Vince Lombardi
2 Timothy 2:2 tells us, “Commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Faithfulness leads to promotion I believe given that the scripture says you will be in a position to teach others. That is why employers don’t only look for capable people but more so those that are faithful.
If you are looking for promotion today whether you are or employed or running your business ask yourself if you are doing the best with what you have. I watched a video on the Internet with a business leader teaching that sometimes having all the resources you need stifles creativity.
When resources are limited you are forced to think of ways to still accomplish your intended goals and there’s a tendency to make certain discoveries in the process. You become a better person and rise to a new level. Decide to make that commitment to excellence starting with the little things and overtime it will become a habit that will serve you when you take on bigger assignments.
3. They have invested 10000 hours into their craft
Scientific studies indicate that to become a professional at whatever you do requires a time investment of at least ten thousand hours. You may have heard people calling it the ‘10000 hour rule’. If you work an average of 8 hours a day for 5 days a week and 50 weeks a year that translates to 2000 hours a year.
If you follow that pattern for at least 5 years you would have accumulated your 10000 hours and by then you will be confident of your skill set even in your sleep. Do not be one of those that shy away from the time investment because attaining anything of value takes time and effort. Even after accumulating the 10000 hours professionals keep working to improve their expertise.
If you’re going to be a professional at anything I advise you get started right away if you haven’t already. Decide what you want to do with your life and identify the skills that you need to work on until you can be considered a professional. It’s important that what you decide is something that you want to do and not what someone else wants for you. It takes years after all to become proficient so the time investment has to be worth it for you.
Malcolm Gladwell speaks about the 10000 hour rule in his book, “Outliers” and gives detailed examples of how top professionals reached those levels. One of them is Bill Gates who dropped out of college to start Microsoft. The background is that before he did so he already 10000 hours under his belt and hence the confidence to be successful.
Some people will make rash decisions and drop out of school or leave their jobs to start their own thing without taking this factor into consideration. They end up in a worse state as a result so you must use wisdom.
4. They go the extra mile
Perhaps similar to having a standard of excellence the specialist of his trade has a tendency to go the extra mile where his colleagues will do the bare minimum to get by. For example the average salesperson may only focus on closing the sale and they are done while the professional salesperson will nurture a client relationship to get repeat business in the future.
It’s the little things that make the difference. The late Zig Ziglar said it well in his quote, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” If you want to stand out in your profession think about the extra things you can do to take you to the next level. Remember that it’s the little things you do that count at the end of the day.
So there you have it. You too can become a top professional if you adopt these attributes into your life. It will take time but it’s going to be worth it in the long run so remember to be patient with the results. Thank you for taking the time to read the post. Be sure to post your comments below and to share the post on social media.Open modal