What Separates Professionals From Amateurs?

From Shane Parrish at Farnam Street:

The focus of Parrish’s post is why some individuals go on to great success while others are just staying afloat. There are numerous factors but here he focuses on the difference in mindset.

Amateurs stop when they achieve something. Professionals understand that the initial achievement is just the beginning.

Amateurs have a goal. Professionals have a process.

Amateurs see feedback and coaching as someone criticizing them as a person. Professionals know they have weak spots and seek out thoughtful criticism.

Amateurs value an isolated great performance while professionals value consistency every day.

Instead of quitting at the first setback, professionals understand a short-term failure is part of learning and mastering a skill.

Amateurs focus on being right. Professionals focus on getting the best outcome.

Amateurs make decisions in committees so there is no one person responsible if things go wrong. Professionals make decisions as individuals and accept responsibility.

Amateurs blame others. Professionals accept responsibility.

Amateurs go faster. Professionals go further.

Amateurs think disagreements are threats. Professionals see them as an opportunity to learn.