To Be a Professional, Act Like an Amateur

During vacation along Lake Michigan, my stepfather wanted to watch the fishing tournament nearby. I declined to join him (it was raining). Nevertheless, he brought back video of the anglers showcasing the walleye they caught. “That guy there, he’s a professional. He brought in three fish weighing almost 20 pounds.” As I watched the footage on his iPhone, I asked him if only professionals could compete. “Oh no,” he responded, “there were several amateurs there too.” When I asked how the professional anglers were separated from the amateurs, he explained the difference.

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