A great difference between professional attitudes as against non-professional ones is the commitment to deliver results. An amateur will give himself much leeway and allow for non-performance.A professional on the other hand does not believe in making excuses.A professional is first ruthless with himself and this ruthlessness will extend to his partners, employees and clients. Since the primary focus is getting results, other considerations (apart from ethical and humanitarian ones as we will see later) are less important.When a professional has agreed to a certain objective for himself, he goes about that business without consideration for emotions, prejudices or opinions. If a professional bodyguard has undertaken to protect another individual, even the bodyguards own friends or those he sympathizes with will not be allowed to harm his client. A policeman will not flinch even if he has to arrest his own mother in the line of duty. A footballer will score goals even against his old club for whom he played for many years. A lawyer who dislikes homosexuals will defend his homosexual client to the best of his ability.A professional's standards do not change even if the clients change or even if the clients expectations are lower. He does not tolerate lowering of quality in his work. Many times a professional will refuse to take work which is below his standards.Edward B Toupin sums this up in a raw definition of professionalism, ""a focused, accountable, confident, competent, motivation toward
a particular goal, with respect for hierarchy and humanity, less the emotion."