Professionals are people who can do their job even when they don’t feel like it. Amateurs are people who can’t do their job even when they do feel like it.
I like this anonymous quote because it helps me ask this question: What kind of owner are you: a professional or an amateur?
If your driving motivation to be a small business owner is status and control, you’re probably never going to be a professional.
But if you love what you do so much that you don’t want to be anywhere else but in your business, you’ll probably become a professional. You’ll become the kind of owner who shows up even when you don’t feel like it. When the chips are down. When the challenges are so great that they would crush the spirit of a lesser person.
Professional business owners know they own more than just what’s on the balance sheet - they also own their business’s challenges. And when they turn one of those challenges into an opportunity, they know that also belongs to them, which is exciting.
Amateur don’t want the work, they just want the result. Professionals love the entire process, alpha to omega, warts and all.
If you’re going to be in business, you must be in your business.
Professionals know this. Amateurs don’t.