The incomparable John August delivers a commencement address! Here are some quick notes:
So to review, here’s what I’m including in my definition of “professional”:
- Presentation, a.k.a. “Giving a shit”, how a professional presents him or herself, either in person or in writing
- Accountability. That means, when asked the question, “Who did this?” You can raise your hand and say, I did. I was responsible.
A definition: Peer standards = within the class of people doing what you’re doing, there’s consensus about what’s acceptable and what’s not.
Thesis #1: “Professional” has nothing to do with getting paid.
Thesis #2: A lot of the “professional” media is staggeringly unprofessional.
Thesis #3: You don’t get to pick when you’re going to be professional, and when you’re going to be amateur.
Thesis #3.01: You don’t get to be an amateur at all.