Who are professionals?
When I was a kid, I used to think that all adults = professionals. The truth is, we aren't all professionals. Most of us are just getting by, actively disengaged and making money to pass the time.
The Truth is We Don't Love Our Work (shocker I know)
Lots of people dislike their jobs. Some statistics claim up to 70% of the American workforce.
If they hate or even dislike their jobs, why would they try to get better at them? If you lack passion to continually get better at your craft, you are hardly a professional, you just have a job.
Professional (prəˈfeSHənl) - a person engaged or qualified in a profession.
Qualified, maybe. We have a lot of degrees floating around in this country, in fact, more than ever. But engaged? Not at all. Engagement requires interest. Most of us just show up, a far cry from engagement.
Money and Status come to mind as motivators to get people more engaged. However, those are empty goals if you haven't already figured that out. It took me a while, but I learned that lesson the hard way.
Read more here: What If We All Loved Our Work?