Published by Selby Webb
Co-founder, Editor and Head of Marketing of SuccessField
2 years ago
A common definition of an amateur is a person
Even though it’s wrong to put all amateurs in one pot, certain generalizations have to be made. It’s not unspoken that amateurs can be influenced by the person in charge of them. You’re probably asking yourself, “So what?”. This is where a boss has to be very careful. When you’re hiring an amateur, make sure he works under the best circumstances. This means he has to be coached by the best people in the company. Those people are very confident and skilled. Acknowledge the fact that confidence comes with a certain amount of arrogance and ignorance.
Those professionals are products of their past and it’s very difficult to change them. But what if you could create your own new product, make it work as good as them but polish certain qualities? This only works with potential amateurs.
The best businessmen you’ll ever meet were trained up to that level and not born like that. So instead of looking for a professional, hire an amateur and train him to become an expert. You’ll be able to perfect him in your own specific way. Remember, the influence factor can backfire. There’s no guarantee that amateurs will always evolve the way you wish them to. They have a private life as well and we all know that emotional experience can change a person.
In general, amateurs adapt to the latest methods. While professionals who were born in 1965, are superior to a 25 year old, the 25 year old knows how to implement newer courses of action and approaches. He is willing to learn much more than a senior professional and can show more creativity. It’s said that most humans lose creativity when they grow old because they no longer think about their dreams. And without a dream, there’s no reason for imagination.
No imagination means there’s no need to create a way to achieve that dream and that’s where the whole creativity is lost. They accept things the way they are because they think: “Why change the system if it still works?” To put a long story short, an amateur can bring a lot of creativity into a company and solve problems in a smarter way than a professional. All he needs it the chance to prove himself.
The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they – at some distant point in the future – will take over the reigns. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely… because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile.
― Alvin Toffler
Amateurs haven’t reached their prime yet. When they do, a company can benefit beyond anyone’s imagination. When you’re hiring, make sure you hire an ambitious amateur. The young employee should possess a will that can move mountains and limitless power of endurance! It’s important to believe in the young person and make sure that they know that everyone doesn’t only respect his mindset, but even supports him.
Help the rookie to dream big and do whatever it takes to achieve his or her goals. Many professionals once had the same mindset, but lost it. The reasons can vary, but that doesn’t matter. I’m not saying hiring a professional is always wrong, but people should invest in the youth because they are the future. Who would’ve thought that youngsters would be the founders of many of today’s big companies?