If you want to learn how to spot the fakes and separate the wheat from the chaff, this article is a must-read. The amateur, in his lack of humility, will remain forever ignorant. Knowledge is gained through study, interaction and experience. This is something pros tend to be really good at. Studies by Mischel, et al.
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Professionals, on the other hand, love to compete. Feb 06, 50 Comments. But when the team nears the end of a sprint and could use a little help testing for a day, an amateur programmer is likely to just code ahead on the next features rather than doing the more helpful--but to some, less desirable--work of helping test. You can fake a lot of things, but your habits and behavior are on display for the whole world to see. Amateurs think the probability of them having the best idea is high. Scrum teams have too many meetings is perhaps the most common criticism of Scrum. Amateurs value isolated performance.
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Knowledge Professionals study their craft, forever. A study published in the Review of Economics and Statistics in found that lottery winners were twice as likely to go bankrupt as the general population. Almost there! If you fill this in, you will be marked as a spammer.
A professional golfer could never do this. Put succinctly: pros possess self-discipline. You could go to the casino and put it all on red. Habit is persistence in practice.