Amateur, Professional and Their Differences

Frequently we hear the term “amateur” bandied about as an insult. But, there’s a long and rich history to what amateur really means. And, being productive, in my humble opinion, requires you to be an amateur and professional, simply in the right amounts and contexts. What does amateur mean? What does professional mean? And, how can their differences help level-up your personal productivity? That’s the topic of today’s cast here on ProductivityCast.

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In this Cast | Amateur, Professional and Their Differences

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Art Gelwicks

Francis Wade

Show Notes | Amateur, Professional and Their Differences

Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be by Marshall Goldsmith, PhD

Being an Amateur is Not Such a Bad Thing After All

15 Differences Between Amateurs and Professionals

Imposter Syndrome

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