Business Survival and Sustainability: “Personal Satisfaction in the Workplace and in Life”

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What distinguishes each of us from one another in life can be summed up in one word “Competence”. Whether one is a soccer player, manager, parent, or motivational speaker, he is gauged by his competence.

We all have an individual or two in our lives whom we admire. These may be friends, or even historical figures such as Neal Armstrong the astronaut or highly inspirational figures. These figures were or are noted because of their professionalism. They see a situation to be handled, and they handle it.


Each of us has a desire to be admired for one or more things, so it may be important to know what leads to this desirable state.

What makes a professional in any field are two primary things:


1. Knowledge
2. A drive to be better and achieve

Some sales people are better or more competent than others. Some sports players are better than others. But without the knowledge of the trade one is in, being professional is almost unattainable. A professional knows the ins and outs of his work.


A dilettante is a person who merely dabbles in his work, He has no real pride in what he does because he is merely doing enough to get by.

Professionals are “sources” of creation. They know the materials of their trade well and can be counted on to fully handle tasks without going to another for their opinions on how it should be done. The dilettante, not caring to know more or caring to achieve on his own, generally goes to others for advice, preferring to take little responsibility for his actions.


Of the two requirements for Professionalism, perhaps number 2, a drive to achieve, is the most important.

With no drive, there is little personal learning that can take place. There are those who pretend, or actually believe, that they know everything, and thus learning is of no importance. This is a full stop on personal improvement and competence, for the person will not evolve.

The data above can be viewed by one as a “spectator”. A spectator believes the information has nothing to do with him, but only other people. While it may be nice to sit in a grandstand watching the game go by with no apparent involvement, in life spectators control little if anything and are not apt to be too competent.

At the end of the day, the words professionalism and being responsible add up to the same thing. Irresponsible individuals generally do not care about such things as performance and ability, where these qualities are inextricable from the professional.

Professionals in any field are admired and usually high achievers.


Be a professional.




lynn1Lynn Burkhart is the founder and president of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. located in Shelby, North Carolina. More information about the company, and its products, can be found at http://www.cleanac.com and by calling (800) 766-9057.

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