Professionalism & Quite Possibly, Profound Ponderings!

Last Update: February 20, 2020

Greetings and Good Day, M'Dears!

There's a little something on my mind this morning and it revolves around the word, "Professional". In fact, the word is often times laced with another word. Professional _____. You can fill it in. If you're calling yourself a professional (of anything) are you actually walking the walk? Or is it just a saying to you, and you're talking the talk? Please be genuine. If you claim to be a professional, it's best to actually follow through.

What's In A Word?

Plenty! The word professional itself speaks of a sense that someone is living with morals, ethics, and integrity. You add something to the end of the title and it becomes crystal clear that you're a professional something. I mean within Wealthy Affiliate alone, we have professional:

*plumbers *carpenters *dreamers
*educators *designers *critics
*writers *motivators *optimists
*editors *accountants *pessimists
*architects *hypnotists *scammers

It Doesn't End

That's only a small list of things that come to mind in an instant. I mean, you put more than 2 million people in an online platform and we have a very mixed bag of folks! We represent an extraordinary list of professionals! If you also realized my list above, there are some negative feelings associated with some words. Let's also be real here - life isn't always sunshine and roses. We need all types to make the world go 'round!

Back To The Roots

Here's the thing. There have been so many of you who've been supportive not only to me, but to so many others on this platform. I read messages of encouragement all day long within WA! It's an amazing place! Y'all know how much I love WA!

Something else I've recently realized is this: we could receive 2 million positive comments about anything (our life, writing, business, etc.) but when there is but one negative statement in the midst, it discredits all the positives. It is unfortunate. It brings me back to kindness - why does it lack in the dictionary from some of our libraries?

But This

I know. There's one in every crowd. Lately, we've 'heard tell' of professional scam artists or professional this or thats... but are you (ME/WE) acting professionally? I mean, we are here at WA to build a business. Doesn't that make us professionals in our own realms? Of course it does. Is your activity within this WA campus professional? Are you withholding your end of the deal in your everyday dealings with others? If not, may I kindly ask you to just stop your fingers from typing. If you have nothing nice to say, refrain.

Certainly, there are times to be critical, but unless you're asked for your actual (or professional) opinion here, leave it out. If you can't think of something nice to say to someone, just don't. It's as easy as that. Honest! And in the silence, you're not ruining someone's day. There are inadvertent comments that can taint the thinly-skinned peeps among us.

It isn't necessary to publicly throw someone under the bus. Don't criticize the writing styles of others. Leave your comments about grammar and spelling out of the discussion, unless you're asked to edit something in particular. And honestly, who cares how many exclamation points one uses in an informal writing piece? For crying out loud, I don't even care if paragraphs seem to be a sentence or two too long! Who are we to judge?! We are all artists, with our own quirks of creative genius. Yes. I said genius. You. Me. All of us!!

I've said it before and I'll say it again: When given the choice between being right and being kind... choose kind!

On A Semi-Related Note...

The tiny humans were dancing and singing to some Disney songs this morning. These lyrics from Moana's, 'How Far I'll Go' jumped right into my heart. There is a little bit of my own heart in these words:

"See the light as it shines on the sea? It's blinding
But no one knows, how deep it goes
And it seems like it's calling out to me, so come find me
And let me know, what's beyond that line, will I cross that line?

The line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me
And no one knows, how far it goes
If the wind in my sail on the sea stays behind me
One day I'll know, how far I'll go"

I'm convinced that my writing is gong to take me places. So many of you have helped me to realize this!! WA is the vehicle I have found that is going to allow me to do just that. I want to head into the great unknown - where the sky meets the sea! Your encouragement has always inspired me to do better, and I have (most of) you to thank for that! Please come with me!!

Ciao For Now!


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BobMargroff Premium
Hi Dee Ho, Heidi!

Been away from the community and looky what I see? A great post from the one and only "cheerleader squirrel"!

You give us all the energy we need to continue on, with your posts.

It's funny that you talk of kindness here. It is a much-needed trait that we all could use in any dealing of life in general, not just here.

Then the mention of the Disney film... my daughter and I watched that one together a few months ago, We both enjoyed it and sung the song together as Moana sang it. My voice was quite off-key as we did, Robin has a beautiful voice and I hope to see her succeed when she start YouTubing within the year.

Keep up the inspiration and reminders, we all need it

I wish you the best!

HeidiAnders3 Premium
Ahh! The cheerleading squirrel just can't sit still! You know this, Bob!

I bet we'd create quite the band if we tried to sing to all these wonderful Disney songs! I can't sing, but I do love to try! Practice makes perfect, right? ...eventually! HA!

You're going to be starting a YT channel for Robin?! That's awesome! Please be sure to let me know when you've got it going!

You're the sweetest!!
BobMargroff Premium
Oh it’s something she has been wanting to do for a long time now. She knows I am going to eventually get to that point. I’m aiming for at least 100 posts/reviews on my website before I launch my channel.

I’ll build a following then introduce her with mine. At least that’s my strategy for now... unless she just gets tired of waiting and launches her own...LOL!

I will let everyone here know so that she’ll get a little help from WAmily!!

exgrosteve Premium
Hi Heidi. I"m coming with you!!!!!! Your message is perfect. I think also that it's important to be mindful that on occasions some folks are not in great places and that reflects in their thoughts and actions. Sharing the love is the best way to help and dancing and singing along to Disney songs is another. The light is there for everybody.
It's interesting to note some studies about High Performers - kindness matters to all of them.

HeidiAnders3 Premium
What a great response, Steve! I am so inspired lately by Disney! It's just amazing how through the lyrics to almost every song, they're inspiring tiny minds that they can be anything they want to be!! It's such a great subliminal message! I don't dance or sing well, but you know what?! I don't care! The 5 and 8 year old don't mind, either!!🤗💜
exgrosteve Premium
Thank you Heidi, with you on the Disney songs. Singing & dancing raises vibration so do it whatever! Forget to mention the image of the woman praying. Where did you find that one, it's awesome?
HeidiAnders3 Premium
💜 Getting most all of my images these days from Pixabay!! I like the variety there!!!🙏
exgrosteve Premium
having a look Thank you
Salome7252 Premium
Heidi... I'm sorry for doing it again but this is very interesting and i can't sleep. So with your permission

By definition, a professional is a person competent or skilled in a particular activity, a member of a profession or any person who earns their living from a specified professional activity.

When a person completes their education and training that gives them particular skills and knowledge that allows them to perform a specific role within a particular profession, most are subject to strict codes of conduct, maintaining rigorous ethical and moral obligations with in that profession.

Now, to clarify something, a graduate professional is sworn into the code of conduct and ethics after completing certain requisites and before you receive your certification or licensing, the very license that recognize you as a professional. Not every person receives the code of conduct, especially those that get their training from an institution none recognized by government officials, not to mention the individuals that are self-tough.

in the other side of the coin, each company or business may have their own particular code of conduct and ethics according to their particular needs and activities… and this is ok, professionals and no professionals need to adopt this codes for that particular company that might cover a lot of areas of interest. When a graduate student is given the code of conduct and ethics, this is a most different scenario, is more binding and pertains to the particular profession or carrier, and focused on things like not accepting or performing questionable negotiations with in the particular activity or profession (for example).

I emphasized on “particular profession”, “specific role”, “particular fields”, because been a recognized professional might make you an expert or a genius in a particular field, but this don’t necessarily makes you an expert in other fields, as a matter of fact, professionals rarely are experts in fields other that the field of their particular profession.

We will become experts in online marketing, more specifically Affiliate Marketers, we will get a certification and we will know we are professionals at this particular profession, but from other peoples perspectives... for example: My daughter’s friend just graduated from university and after 4 years, he become a graduated license professional in Marketing and e-commerce, wen my daughter told him that I was taking a program online and after so many months (not years).. lol, I was going to be certified Pro (her words, again Pro = expert) in online marketing, will have my own e-commerce business running and be selling products through Amazon and such … Well, he got offended and you can imagine his response.

For some, being professional might mean dressing smartly at work, or doing a good job. For others, being professional means having advanced degrees or other certifications, framed and hung on the office wall. I guess what I am trying to say here is that, in my own perspective, becoming a professional in any area does not magically give the person a consciousness of morality, ethics and integrity. I think that an individual needs to be tough this qualities of life and grow up from a young age with them in order to reflect those qualities in his/hers adult life. For sure, universities, institutions or educational programs don’t teach this in their curriculum programs. They will teach you how to be an engineer, architect, doctor, etc., but the assumption that because someone is a professional should possess these attributes is just not accurate, this is acquire from our grandparents, our parents and family in general and trough the appreciation of life, and not at institution.

So… conclusion:
1. I think people criticize, are rude, not kind, etc., because they are victims of their own fears regardless of been professionals or not.
2. Been a professional is not synonymous of kindness, morality, ethics or integrity. I know very humble indigenous people that possess all these qualities, and also i know very arrogant professionals that don't.
3. Work ethics is not the same as personal life learned ethics.
4. Good manners, conduct, morality, integrity and kindness starts at home and is pass on from grandparents, to parents, to sons and daughters, to grand kids and so on.
5. I have never seen this been tough in any curriculum of any profession at any educational institution… except for the few minutes when you sworn into the profession code of conduct and ethics.

ok... mmm yes!! something like that... lol. Did i just make a blog talking about your subject !!!??? :0

Heidi, I'm sorry, i don't know how it got this long...
HUG's !!
good night...
~Sal... xoxo

P.S. i claim no responsibility for the content of this!!! .. lol i have no idea how i wrote so much. WOW!!! and i don't care if i have grammar mistakesss.... haha i wrote ! maybe not that good but hey ... i wrote!!!! haaaaaa.
HeidiAnders3 Premium
Sales! Sweet friend!! You are amazing!!💗 If responding to my posts gets you thinking, and therefore, writing...I call it a win!!

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!! Do not ever apologize for the length or content!!😘

Do you see? You CAN and should be writing!! You are very good at it! That said, I cannot wait to see what you come up with next!!

I hope you had a great sleep and an even better day once you're up!!💜
Babou3 Premium
Really great post as always!
WA is a platform full of professional because even if we are only at the beginning of our journey, we learn to work hard to get there, we learn to stay ethical and humble, we support our friends so that they keep moving forward, we let's not lose our purpose and we are ready to face challenges that perhaps other people would find insurmountable. So we are all professionals in our niche and we will end up becoming experts.

HeidiAnders3 Premium
You betcha, Ingrid!!

We just need to remember to always treat our work in a professional way. Our words matter. Actions count, too! Here's to us becoming experts!!💝🎉💕
Stanleycmng Premium
Wow, that is a whole lot of terminologies. My simple view of professional comes from the word “profession” which is lawyers, doctors, architects, engineers etc. Most professions have some regulator or governing body. Then of course you have jobs which grew over time and some of these require certification or qualification to make it closer to a profession. Therefore the evolution to an expanded professional lists including professional sports persons. Thanks for you expanded view of the term professional.
HeidiAnders3 Premium
It's my pleasure, my friend!! Thank you so much for your insight as well!! Profession is the root word, so of course, there is meaning to it in relationship to professional and professionalism! Thanks for that reminder, Stanley!!