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Are you a DIY kind of person? Are you versatile with your skills? Do you need a professional reminder of the costs associated with hiring a pro?

The consideration to hire a pro often is followed by the fear of the price tag. Do individuals or businesses really consider the costs of amateur versus pro?

Saving Money?

Can you change the oil in your car, do a little landscaping, or paint and wallpaper your home? Would you consider yourself handy?

Do you have the skills but cannot afford the time, so you hire it out?

What about in your workplace, do you hire for high level expertise or do you hire a dependable human who can put the widget in the box?

Small business CEO’s can be an interesting observation. Sometimes they can’t get out of their own way. They hire less skilled and experienced employees in a mindset of keeping costs low and keeping themselves positioned as the most knowledgeable expert.

Malcolm Gladwell, examined in his book, Outliers, a standard that 10,000 hours of work in specific area or skill makes you an expert.

Think about the…

  • Automobile Mechanic
  • Accountant
  • Carpenter
  • Computer Network Engineer
  • Creative Advertiser
  • Landscaper
  • Lawyer
  • Medical Doctor
  • Photographer
  • Welder

You may be a little bit savvy at one or more of these skill areas but it doesn’t mean you are an expert. Unless, perhaps, you’ve had great education and massive experience doing this work.

Professional Reminder

Sometimes good enough is good enough, yet when it comes to your business or your career are you just going to get by or will you excel?

What are amateur mistakes costing you?

None of this is new. We’ve heard it all before.

Red Adair seems to get credit for this savvy statement: “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.”

Are you an expert or pro? Is good enough okay? Are you sure?


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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