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January 25, 2010

Ways of an amateur versus professional approach.

Filed under: Have a nice Day,philosophy — coolantz @ 10:26 pm


engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or means of livelihood.


someone who pursues a study or sport as a pastime.

If you were to bet on the outcome, with the two opposing candidates of the aforementioned classes of ability, whom would you root for? Now, let’s say, if the outcome of the activity is not clearly in definition such as covering a race track in xx seconds, but is let’s say … a painting or something equally abstract.

I find myself distinctly leaning towards the amateur.

The professional would certainly qualify as an example of a good master of the field. By the definition itself, they would probably slice and dice the sub activities and the little nuances at  a level which would be very conscious.  They might carry with them the know how and subtleties of the field, and they probably indulge in the field, because they have the techniques which make them unparalleled in quality and efficiency.

On the other hand, the ways of amateur, would present him/her seem like a zealous student. Someone who is passionate and devoted. They would probably derive their pleasures and kicks from indulging in the field. Some of their actions and techniques might come across as ungainly, and overly exuberant, but it’s probably also due to the joy they get by indulging in that activity.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is … although, the work done by professional is bound to be more clean and sharp, it would also be repetitive,  well-defined, and clearly a part of process clinically improved. An amateur’s might be unorthodox, to the point where it might be a point of crowning glory, or the moment where the plot is lost. Certainly, most enticing. Well, as far as I am concerned.


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