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Chapter 1. Professionalism and Problem S... > Professionals And Professionalism

Professionals And Professionalism

The word professional has come to mean several things. People talk, for example, about the difference between amateur and professional sports. Amateur athletes may be the best in the world, winners of gold medals in the Olympics and in world championships, but they are not considered professionals until they accept their first checks for what they do.

On the other hand, people often talk about amateurs as being truly professional, that is, acting in a way that commands the respect of others. They perform with singular effort, with practiced discipline and skill, and they win or lose with dignity and grace. But, then, some performances are called unprofessional. The participants may be highly skilled and perform with a singular effort, but they violate the conventions of professional behavior by disputing, arguing, and fighting about calls on their performance.


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