Friday, March 27, 2015

On Professionalism

A professional by definition is someone with academic knowledge of a profession.

With the passage of time, the old ideology has changed.

If you notice Steve Bucemi's character (Mr. Pink) in Reservoir Dogs will ask his partners in crime to act like professionals. What Mr. Pink really wants to say is: "Cut the crap and stop acting like a bunch of sissies".

In recent times, the term professional denotes someone who acts above his personal conflicts and thinks of his organizations well being, and that alone. He who does this is not a professional, he is rather a big gear who is stuck in an automated machine. The gear will be easily replaced at will, whether or not if rusted.

A human being who toils, enjoys his work while making a living is a professional. A person who works with joy, looks at his craft and understand that 'he who toils with pain, eats with pleasure'. 

A profession can turn to a job soon, this is the death of professionalism. What of those who work with such distaste?

"It is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy", Gibran.

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