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Going Pro

Going Pro | Career Angles

Being a professional isn’t about the money. It’s about the attitude.


I want to ask you a question.

When a soldier is on the battlefield and they wake up one day and says to themselves, “I don’t feel like doing that today,” what do they do?

If a pro athlete wakes up one day and says to themselves, “I don’t feel like practicing,” what do they do?

I think you know the answer – – they do it anyway.

Why?  Because it is needed.  It is important.  They get that message and sometimes have resistance to doing things and learn to do them anyway.

Whether it’s a soldier on the battlefield or someone like Dwyane Wade, now the Chicago Bulls, formally of the Miami Heat, who has been a successful pro athlete for so many years, or Lebron or Eli or Peyton Manning or whoever the great athlete is, they practice anyway.  They do what is needed, even though they don’t feel like it.

What do you do when you wake up and say to yourself, “I don’t feel like going to the gym today”or wake up and think, “I think I’ll coast through my workday and do it at 50% of my ability.”  Do you tell management hold back on 50% of your pay for the day or you expect full money even though you may be doing the job at half effort?

Going Pro is a commitment to yourself.  I want to repeat that to make sure you hear.  Going Pro is a commitment to yourself that the lazy way, the halfway approach to things, giving 50% effort isn’t going to get you to where you want to get to.

If you’re thinking of starting a business and committing money to it and that money can be saying to you, “I’m not going to have a regular paycheck.  I’m to be going in whole hog,” or.  “I’m going to give up my evenings and work at night so that my kids will have it easier, and I will be around more, ” you could do it halfway but there’s no point in that because you will fail.

Going Pro is a commitment to yourself and to those around you that you are “all in.”

Not half effort.

All in.

Fully committed.

Dedicated to making something great happen.

Being successful at what you want to do.

Now, if you want to be a halfway performer, that is your prerogative but then you have to stop blaming others for why you are not successful because as is usually the case, you are the one that is holding yourself back.

Let me repeat that.  For those of you who don’t go “all in” you are the one holding yourself back and, given that you have these voices in your head that you think are yours but God put there by someone else at a certain stage in life that says, “I don’t deserve this.  I shouldn’t have this.  Don’t do it.  You might fail.”  The “you could fail” message is really 1 of those tricky ones because of course you could fail!  However, you are on the path to failure by not going “all in.”

The best way, the easiest way to overcome these messages it is with coaching because these messages show up powerfully all the time.  Resistance, as they said in Star Trek is futile and is also powerful.  It can be the big difference between you losing professionally and personally.

It can be the difference between you having the job, career, business or relationship that you want or having your fear run you and keep you from being effective.

My encouragement to you is to get a coach to help you.  If you visit in follow the link below, schedule some time with me.  Let’s get acquainted.  Let me see if I can help you.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio.”

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