quiet before the storm…
have you ever thought out, planned, scheduled and put together all the various ideas and projects that have to get done and never had it all work out the way you planned, but rather, have it all come at one time, as if all the people you were dealing with decided to call each other on the same day and ask for help? it is a little bit like it is here these days, of which, I am not sure who really wants help, who need help, and who is just talking for the sake of talking. my discernment is a work in progress.
what it does lead you to is like one project where people wonder, “how long will it take? what are the costs?” and you point blank say, “I really don’t know, I can give you a ballpark, but until you get into it all and open things up to see what is under the façade, you really don’t know. sometimes it works out better, other times it works out not so great…over time it all balances out, yet, you really don’t want to be the one holding the bag on that time it really wasn’t in your favor.”
such was my day yesterday when I had to learn to listen to the obvious. I know people mean well and are trying to help, yet, I turned to one person and said, “what I am used to, is having people not tell me the obvious, but bring up something I haven’t thought of or seen…to me that is valuable.”
it is like watching people who have never done the work say, “I want this!” and then try to explain to you how to do it.
I really don’t know what people think sometimes. it is a human condition that everyone wants a Rolls Royce in the USA, but they think it is the cost of a matchbox car without taking into consideration the amount of hand labor, craftsmanship, and experience that goes into each car. while I am not a fan of cars, I do appreciate amazing quality.
my friend John asked what is the definition of professional. I mentioned one definition a lot of people subscribe to is “did you get paid to do some type of work/skill?” I always use photography as the example, as I think I am a rank amateur – just because Reuters paid me does not make me what I consider a professional photographer. heck, I never want to become one, as it would take all the fun out of trying to capture the perfect image. maybe one frame in my life I will go, “that is the one!”
my second answer to him was, “a professional should be able to consistently provide a high quality and caliber of a product/service faster and more efficiently than someone who is not.”
it doesn’t say anything about pay, money, billable hours – it is about someone not only knowing what to do but more importantly, how to do it.
our modern world is filled with a lot of people that know what to do – yet, more and more, I see skills being eroded more and more. just watch a football game on tv and you will see more jubilation and celebration for getting a first down or some normal play.
that would be like going to the coffee shop and having the baristas high five and stop the store to celebrate when they made a cappuccino or espresso.
I hope we don’t end up there anytime…ever.