45 Quotes About Being Professional in the Workplace

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The standards for professionalism continue to change generation by generation. As businesses evolve, being professional takes on a whole new meaning to meet the standards of society. These quotes about being professional in the workplace capture some of basics to embrace.

“Being successful is about professionalism, and chewing gum is unprofessional. Its also a huge pet peeve of mine.”

“Fairness is not an attitude. It’s a professional skill that must be developed and exercised.”

“For me, it took five years to understand what professionalism meant. But I’m more settled now. I’m married, life changes, and I’ve been lucky in managing my injuries.”

“I believe in professionalism, but playing is not like a job. You have to be grateful to have the opportunity to play.”

“I believe in professionalism, less in politicians.”

“I believe that no one can teach you how to act, but schools do give you an environment to make mistakes, to learn techniques and to learn professionalism.”

“I don’t want to see the military falling. I want to see the military rising to dignified heights of professionalism and true patriotism.”

“I enjoy the work, I enjoy every minute of my professional life.”

“I hate it when theater people go on about professionalism – aren’t they boring? I try to be as unprofessional as possible. And I’m a little bit politically incorrect.”

“I have my flaws too, but I am a professional who doesn’t like to miss or lose.”

“I have never been a professional model; I have had some modeling sessions.”

“I honestly think what skyrocketed me into professionalism was learning how to play two people and still live through the day.”

“I probably complicate things unnecessarily now just to give the illusion of professionalism.”

“I take work very seriously and telling the truth in my job and professionalism.”

“I think it’s important to always keep professional and surround yourself with good people, work hard, and be nice to everyone.”

“I think people ease into this careerist professionalism, so if you’re a writer it’s your job to manufacture books as opposed to writing them and to go to festivals and spend your life emotionally invested in reviews or the awards. You have to shrink your universe in a way. To me, it’s the opposite.”

“I think professionalism is important, and professionalism means you get paid.”

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”

“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?”

“It occured to me that eating is the only form of professionalism most people ever attain.”

“KPMG is committed to the highest standards of professionalism, , and quality, and we are dedicated to the capital markets we serve.”

“Mentors provide professional networks, outlets for frustration, college and career counseling, general life advice, and most importantly, an extra voice telling a student they are smart enough and capable enough to cross the stage at graduation and land their first paycheck from a career pathway job.”

“More than half of people who leave their jobs do so because of their relationship with their boss. Smart companies make certain their managers know how to balance being professional with being human. These are the bosses who celebrate an employee’s success, empathize with those going through hard times, and challenge people, even when it hurts.”

“Music is not a profession. Music is a way of life – one that requires much professionalism.”

“My idea of professionalism is probably a lot of people’s idea of obsessive.”

“My own position is so far on the obsessive side of preparation and professionalism that I fear my point of view is not going to be shared by anyone.”

“Once you realize that you’re in something that you’ve always wanted and you don’t want to lose it, you behave differently. And that means the integrity, the professionalism, and knowing what’s right from wrong and still making choices that you probably wouldn’t have made.”

“Ordinary professionalism and 20 years’ experience can accomplish a lot, but it can’t access the hidden places.”

“Professionalism in art has this difficulty: To be professional is to be dependable, to be dependable is to be predictable, and predictability is esthetically boring – an anti-virtue in a field where we hope to be astonished and startled and at some deep level refreshed.”

“Professionalism in medicine has given us medial miracles for the affluent but hospitals that will charge $35 for aspirin.”

“Professionalism is not sportsmanship. If you don’t succeed, you won’t be in your profession for long. In our society, it’s not about good or bad. It’s about who’s on top.”

“That professionalism comes from what I’ve watched people do on the set. I’m just trying to be as respectful to the environment, as they have been. I think I still act like a kid. I just try to be as professional as I can.”

“The difference between an amateur and a professional is in their habits. An amateur has amateur habits. A professional has professional habits. We can never free ourselves from habit. But we can replace bad habits with good ones.”

“The true mark of professionalism is the ability to respect everyone else for their styles and always find something positive in every dining experience and highlight it in your thoughts and words.”

“There is no employing class, no working class, no farming class. You may pigeonhole a man or woman as a farmer or a worker or a professional man or an employer or even a banker. But the son of the farmer will be a doctor or a worker or even a banker, and his daughter a teacher. The son of a worker will be an employer – or maybe president.”

“Throughout my life, I have valued relationships far more than the professionalism.”

“We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all, both legal and economic justice.”

“We’re trying to get the SEAL community back to where we think it should be – quiet professionalism.”

“What can we say about a marketing culture that so openly feeds and colludes with obsession? The Disney empire has developed this to an unprecedented degree of professionalism.”

“What people don’t realize is that professionals are sensational because of the fundamentals. The sensationalism has taken over the professionalism.”

“What worries me is the professionalism of everything.”

“When it comes to professionalism, it makes sense to talk about being professional in IT. Standards are vital so that IT professionals can provide systems that last.”

“Without hard work and discipline it is difficult to be a top professional.”

“You have to be a cop-out or a wash-out or a dropout to come to our college. You have to work with your hands. You have to have a dignity of labor. You have to show that you have a skill that you can offer to the community and provide a service to the community. So we started the Barefoot College, and we redefined professionalism.”

“Your personal life, your professional life, and your creative life are all intertwined. I went through a few very difficult years where I felt like a failure. But it was actually really important for me to go through that. Struggle, for me, is the most inspirational thing in the world at the end of the day – as long as you treat it that way.”

Professionalism in the 21st century is different from the standards to which our parents lived by decades past.

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