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The Behavior Gap

Katie Mackey, 2012 Olympic Trials, Women's 1500m Prelim | photo ©  kevmofoto.com

Katie Mackey, 2012 Olympic Trials, Women's 1500m Prelim | photo © kevmofoto.com

"In a winner's game the outcome is determined by the correct actions of the winner. In a loser's game, the outcome is determined by the mistakes made by the loser." 

 — Charlie Ellis

To Mr. Ellis' point, in the course of play, professionals win points, while amateurs lose points. 

An amateur's approach is full of faults, randomness, and mistakes. The professional's game is refined, intentional, and precise.

 The spread between the play of an amateur and professional is found in their behavior gap.

 A pro conducts themselves far different than an amateur. 

 Amateurs seek the easiest path possible, crave fitting in, and are motivated to play as a means to elevate their status. 

Whereas professionals explore new avenues, breaks molds, and are concerned with playing to their fullest ability. 

But the most important gap lies in the contrast of why each shows up and competes.

The amateur is motivated by the rewards, the professional by the work.

 

Thanks for reading. I'm glad you're here. // jm 

Jonathan Marcus