Professionalism Quotes

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Tina Fey
“Politics and prostitution have to be the only jobs where inexperience is considered a virtue. In what other profession would you brag about not knowing stuff? “I’m not one of those fancy Harvard heart surgeons. I’m just an unlicensed plumber with a dream and I’d like to cut your chest open.” The crowd cheers.”
Tina Fey, Bossypants

Agatha Christie
“There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don't want to, don't much like what you're writing, and aren't writing particularly well.”
Agatha Christie, Agatha Christie: An Autobiography

David Halberstam
“[On writing:] "There's a great quote by Julius Irving that went, 'Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them.'"

(One On 1, interview with Budd Mishkin; NY1, March 25, 2007.)”
David Halberstam, Everything They Had: Sports Writing

Steven Pressfield
“The professional has learned that success, like happiness, comes as a by-product of work. The professional concentrates on the work and allows rewards to come or not come, whatever they like.”
Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Jonathan Stroud
“I wasn't pretty, but as my mother once said, prettiness wasn't my profession.”
Jonathan Stroud, The Screaming Staircase

Alain de Botton
“He was a volatile mixture of confidence and vulnerability. He could deliver extended monologues on professional matters, then promptly stop in his tracks to peer inquisitively into his guest's eyes for signs of boredom or mockery, being intelligent enough to be unable fully to believe in his own claims to significance. He might, in a past life, have been a particularly canny and sharp-tongued royal advisor.”
Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

“If you're good at something, never let your friends know, because for their purpose,they will make you do it for free ”

Kazuo Ishiguro
“What is more, sir," his lordship went on, "I believe I have a good idea of what you mean by 'professionalism.' It appears to mean getting one's way by cheating and manipulating. It appears to mean serving the dictates of greed and advantage rather than those of goodness and the desire to see justice prevail in the world. If that is the 'professionalism' you refer to, sir, I don't care much for it and have no wish to acquire it.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

Kay Redfield Jamison
“I was bitterly resentful, but somehow greatly relieved. And I respected him enormously for his clarity of thought, his obvious caring, and his unwillingness to equivocate in delivering bad news.”
Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
“Leadership is never an avenue to be self-serving but,a platform to render great service to people.”
Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Ryan Lilly
“A professional headshot in front of a bookshelf says you're an intellectual. A professional headshot peeking though a bookshelf says you're probably under a restraining order.”
Ryan Lilly

“All conflicts are rooted in emotions. If you can satiate the emotions, you can resolve the conflicts.”
Krishna Saagar Rao

“If you don't know how you feel, you will certainly not know, why you think the way you think.”
Krishna Saagar Rao

Abhijit Naskar
“Be not professional in what you do, rather be excellent. Excellence has life in it - it has colors in it - it has sweetness in it - whereas professionalism is a dead corpse exuding the disgusting smell of obedience. Excellence requires no obedience, yet in excellence you act your best, without all the life-sucking efforts.”
Abhijit Naskar, Time to Save Medicine

Jill Shalvis
“A suit is my work uniform, Sadie, nothing more. It’s business, and also about professionalism and maturity, and to a lesser degree, image. I’m not going to wear a T-shirt and jeans into a business meeting with NASA, for example. Not when we’re going to sit down and discuss future projects that could add up to billions of dollars. I’m not hiding behind my clothes, but I’m not being inauthentic either.”
Jill Shalvis, Playing for Keeps

Gideon Haigh
“[I]f Modi is toast, it will in one sense be a tremendous pity. In his way, he represents a third generation in cricket's governance. For a hundred years and more, cricket was run by administrators, who essentially maintained the game without going out of their way to develop it. More recently it has been run by managers, with just an ounce or two of strategic thought. Modi was neither; he was instead a genuine entrepreneur. He has as much feeling for cricket as Madonna has for madrigals, but perhaps, because he came from outside cricket's traditional bureaucratic circles, he brought a vision and a common touch unexampled since Kerry Packer.”
Gideon Haigh

“Certain emotions drive certain thoughts and actions. Knowing your emotional drivers is essential to regulate behavior.”
Krishna Saagar Rao

“Everything you do, and everything you don't in life, is to satisfy an emotion.”
Krishna Saagar Rao

“We're not going to get carried away. Well, we are going to for the next couple of days!”
Paul Collingwood

Vincent Okay Nwachukwu
“Professionalism is the magic touch that works like magic. Unlike a magician he doesn’t just pop in and pop out with success; hard work and smart work must combine. The magic moment comes when he is announced as the worthy recipient of a meritorious award.”
Vincent Okay Nwachukwu, Weighty 'n' Worthy African Proverbs - Volume 1

“If you don't know how you feel, you wouldn't know why you act the way you act.”
Krishna Saagar Rao

“Empathy is not just about being in others shoes, it's also about being in one's own.”
Krishna Saagar Rao

“All your identity is rooted in your emotions. You are what you actually feel, at any given time.”
Krishna Saagar Rao

“Emotion is the most powerful driver of thoughts and actions. If you can figure your emotion, you can figure your thoughts and actions.”
Krishna Saagar Rao

“A professionalist is the better part of the perfectionist. He does not wait for results, he does not really care about criticism, but above all, he acts and does not rest on his laurels.”
Pawel Cislo

“Art is the medium through which you express the inexpressible, convey the unconveyable, transporting the audience in different realms of existence erasing their mental identities. Any effort by the artist to make an personal identity is detrimental in an artistic sense. Be Wiser, leave no residue, dissolve in ART!” ”
Ramana Pemmaraju

Christopher Lasch
“Recent studies of professionalization show that professionalism did not emerge, in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, in response to clearly defined social needs. Instead, the new professions themselves invented many of the needs they claimed to satisfy. They played on public fears of disorder and disease, adopted a deliberately mystifying jargon, ridiculed popular traditions of self-help as backward and unscientific, and in this way created or intensified (not without opposition) a demand for their own services.”
Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations

Amit Kalantri
“An amateur should be more willing to be impressed by the professional than eager to impress the professional.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Maxim Behar
“For a modern-day PR expert, it is absolutely essential to know social media platforms in detail.”
Maxim Behar, The Global PR Revolution: How Thought Leaders Succeed in the Transformed World of PR

Kazuo Ishiguro
“They wear their professionalism as a decent gentleman will wear his suit: he will not let ruffians or circumstance tear it off him in the public gaze; he will discard it when, and only when, he wills to do so, and this will invariably be when he is entirely alone. It is, as I say, a matter of 'dignity'.”
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

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