The Amateur vs. The Professional

What are you in relation to your craft? An amateur who “just loves what he does” or are you a “professional” who has claimed his vocation publicly and makes it clear to others what he truly stands for?

Entering “The Amateur”…

An amateur (/ˈæmətjər -tjʊər/; French: [amatœʁ]; lit. ‘lover [of something]’) is generally considered a person who pursues a particular activity or field of study independently from their source of income.

Amateurs and their pursuits are also described as popular, informal, self-taught, user-generated, DIY, and hobbyist.

Historically, the amateur was considered to be the ideal balance between pure intent, an open mind, and the interest or passion for a subject. That ideology spanned many different fields of interest.

It may have its roots in the ancient Greek philosophy of amateur athletes competing in the Olympics. The ancient Greek citizens spent most of their time in other pursuits but competed according to their natural talents and abilities.

The “Professional”…

A professional is a member of a profession who earns their living from a specified professional activity.

The term also describes the standards of education and training that prepare members of the profession with the particular knowledge and skills necessary to perform their specific role within that profession.

In addition, most professionals are subject to strict codes of conduct, enshrining rigorous ethical and moral obligations.

The etymology and historical meaning of the term professional is from Middle English, from “profes”, adjective, “having professed one’s vows”.

Thus, as people became more and more specialized in their trade, they began to ‘profess’ their skill to others, and ‘vow’ to perform their trade to the highest known standard. With a reputation to uphold, trusted workers of a society who have a specific trade are considered professionals.

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