What if you advertise yourself as a pro, but you’re still learning on the job;
What if you wonder why you’re not booking, but you’re too cheap to hire a coach;
What if you’re too lazy to look things up, and count on your community to bail you out;
What if you think you can break into the business on a shoestring budget;
What if you’re convinced you can crush the competition by undercutting rates;
What if you feel that no one has your back, but you refuse to join WoVo;
What if “What’s in it for me?” is your motto, and you don’t care about your colleagues;
What if you expect to make money, but you don’t know how to run a business;
What if your Pay-to-Play acts unethically, yet you don’t raise your voice;
What if your client pays dirt, but you bend over backwards anyway;
What if you are totally exhausted, but you never take a break;
What if you love to complain, but you never contribute;
What if you don’t believe in yourself, yet you hope others will…
Well, I’m really sorry, but I cannot help you. You have to help yourself, and up your game if you want to become a pro.
Pros know what to do. That’s what they’re getting paid for;
Pros never stop learning. Even the best work with a coach;
Pros are proactive, and do their own homework;
Pros invest in quality, and are willing to pay for it;
Pros know what they’re worth, and charge accordingly;
Pros stick together, and belong to the World-Voices Organization;
Pros look at the bigger picture, and care about community;
Pros are business savvy, and price for profit;
Pros speak up when they’re treated with little respect;
Pros work with clients who recognize their value;
Pros take care of themselves, knowing they can’t give what they don’t have;
Pros aren’t whiners; they are winners;
Pros are poised, and self-assured.
Pros realize that talent entitles them to nothing. It challenges them to do everything.
And above all, Pros know that success is the result of many small, intelligent steps, taken in the right direction.
Success can’t be rushed. It can’t be bought. It can’t be forced or faked.
It has to be learned.
It has to be earned.
Every. Single. Day.
Paul Strikwerda ©nethervoice
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