A primer on being a professional

When I take my car in for an oil change my mechanic never says, “You know, I don’t feel like doing an oil change today.”

The surgeons working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute don’t wake up in the morning and think, “I’m going to call in sick today. I really don’t feel like doing that woman’s surgery. Let someone else do it.”

And yet, every day you notice peers skipping class and trying to squirm their way out of a workout: “I’m tired today. I’ll just take it easy.”

The difference between the mechanics and surgeons, and your peers, is not in the seriousness of the task; it’s in the seriousness of their postures towards the world.

One posture is that of a professional; the other is that of an amateur.