Pros Get Paid

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Last year I attended a Pro Am muay thai event. What struck me as odd (other than that people would get kicked in the face for FREE) was that some of the amateurs actually appeared to be more skillful than the professionals. Strikingly so. One of the amateur participants looked like he just ended a shift at Barnes & Noble. But as in Fight Club, for that Saturday night anyway, he had plans to be a freakin’ God!

When I asked someone about the amateur / profession distinction someone offered up, “No real difference. Only difference is the pros get paid.”

That’s it.  That’s really what it comes down to. Not just in a martial art but in the technology business. We assume that being a pro comes with a significantly higher skill set but being a pro is as much about being paid as anything else.

We need to remember this when going into business on our own. If you’re like me, you are passionate about the technology field and will talk about it with friends, family, colleagues, business prospects, etc. However, what we have to appreciate is that we get paid for our knowledge. We have spent countless hours learning new things, relearning old things, and stressing over all the things that we don’t know yet. We’ve spent significant time in classrooms, reading books, watching tutorials, passing certification tasks, etc. to build up our little kingdom of knowledge. All this has taken time, money and huge dedication on our part (along with a few extra grey hairs).

Good intentions normally don’t pay the bills. Your time and knowledge are extremely valuable. Don’t give away what you know for free!

Gordon Gekko: “The most valuable commodity I know of is information.”


Jesse Springfield

IT Consultant for Bit2Brain.

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  1. Martin Lehner June 26, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Great post Jesse! You are absolutely correct, we do need to get paid as technology professionals. And it’s not about being greedy or selfish or anything, but everyone needs to make a living. As long as we’re providing a good service at a reasonable rate, then there is no reason why we should be shy about wanting to ‘get paid’.

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