The means or in which a man gains his livelihood (1 “Webster’s dictionary”) should be one of the most important things in a man’s life. It is often overlooked on yourself but always noticed by others. The method of how a man should conduct himself in pursuit of a profession is professionalism. It is a roughly defined word which means it is often misused. First there are a set of guidelines about professionals which apply in all realms, Second professionalism has deep roots in military history as well as its hero’s, and lastly there are many ways professionalism is related to the recon community in particular.
One of my friends is a public speaker and old business associate of mine laid out the guidelines to being a professional. (2 “Eight Ways to Improve Yourself Before by Hal Elrod 8 a.m.”) First is to make expertise your specialty. Become an expert in the skills you need to do your job. The word professional implies that you are already an expert in what you do. Being an expert is keeping your knowledge up to date and performing to the best of your abilities. Second professionals do more than expected. They are given wide latitude in their daily self-management. They are expected to manage their time and work habits. Don’t abuse the privilege. If you take an hour for personal needs, give back two hours. The reality is that professionals are expected to exceed the standard 40-hour workweek. There are times when you may be asked to work weekends. You may have to forego a vacation or work 12-hour days to complete an important task. All are part of the job description of most professional positions. Professionals are expected to produce results. Strive to complete deliverables before their due, as well as meet or exceed expectations. Third do what you say and say what you can do. Talking the talk is so prevalent and walking the walk so. You should “engage brain” before speaking. Can you really do what you are about to say? If you can’t, hard earned trust can...
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