What separates professionals from amateurs

It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you do.

Being able to separate the wheat from the chaff…

The pros from the amateurs…

It’s paramount to achieving success in life.

In fact, it’s one of the most powerful skills you can have.

Let me explain.

There are two levels to everything. There’s the sandbox, where no one takes anything seriously. Then there’s the battlefield, where the soldiers of the craft — the pros — operate. The big boys’ club.

A lot of people call themselves pros. Most of them are just amateurs waiting to get exposed.

How do you know if you’re dealing with a professional, a wanna-be, or an amateur? It ain’t about the money. It ain’t about the prizes. It ain’t about the titles.

It’s about the mindset.

Now, no matter how much you practice, you will never be able to read someone’s mind. But figuring out someone’s mindset is totally possible. Just watch how they behave.

As a boxer you really learn how to size people up.

A person’s approach to their craft says everything. You can fake a lot of things, but your habits and behavior are on display for the whole world to see. Anyone who’s been through the grind can spot a faker from miles away.

If you want to learn how to spot the fakes and separate the wheat from the chaff, this article is a must-read. It’s a list of lessons I’ve had to learn through trial and error throughout my life:

From growing up in the ghetto… to being a high-ranking professional fighter for Jay-Z’s sports agency.

Professionals rely on habits and systems, amateurs depend on motivation

This is one of the most significant differences.

Everyone has bad days. Ups and downs. And yet, some are able to power through, regardless of mood or weather. Are these people some kind of übermensch?

In a sense, they are. But in another, more important sense, they’re like everyone else.

They’ve just figured out what most people haven’t: that systems and habits are the key to reliable success. The path to improvement entails working even on the days you don’t even feel like getting out of bed. Making progress when you’d rather be resting. And overall refusing to submit to the monkey inside your brain telling you to be lazy.

Put succinctly: pros possess self-discipline.

They keep training, practicing, and learning as much as they can. To the genuine professional, improvement is the only metric that matters.

Amateurs, on the other hand, rely on inspiration and motivation to get things done. But inspiration and motivation are fleeting emotions, which is why amateurs never come close to maxing out their potential.

Professionals possess patience, amateurs are always anxious

This ties into my previous point. Because pros develop habits and systems to help them get to where they want to be in life, they’re more focused on the process than the end goal.

That is the source of their patience.

Gary Vaynerchuk ran Wine Library TV

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