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  • Doug Belshaw 9:01 pm on February 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ignorance, professional   

    All professional men are handicapped by not being able to ignore things which are useless.

    Goethe

     
  • Doug Belshaw 12:16 pm on July 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: amateur, , professional   

    In praise of amateurism 

    From the introduction to Andy Merrifield’s The Amateur: The Pleasures of Doing What You Love comes this great paragraph:

    Whenever I hear professional business types utter their marketing and management mantras, or professional academics talk about research assessment and finance, about grant money and committees, I feel the same sense of outsiderhood and stupefaction that Dostoevsky’s Underground Man feels in attending a reunion of his old school friends. Unlike him, they’re all ‘successes’, professionals who’ve amassed the rewards of status and commercial victories. But the Underground Man ‘hates the harshly self-confident sound of their voices’, and is struck by ‘the pettiness of their thoughts, the stupidity of their pursuits, their games, their conversations’.

    I couldnt agree more.

     
    • john 12:06 pm on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Yes. I’ve often referred to liking ‘continuous amateur development’ as opposed to cpd.

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