The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession's history, are the foundation of social work's unique purpose and perspective:
*service *social justice *dignity and worth of the person *importance of human relationships *integrity *competence.
Don't ever do anything as though you were an amateur. Anything you do, do it as a professional to professional standards.
If you have the idea about anything you do that you just dabble in it, you will wind up with a dabble life. There'll be no satisfaction in it because there will be no real production you can be proud of.
Develop the frame of mind that whatever you do, you are doing it as a professional and move up to professional standards in it.
Never let it be said of you that you lived an amateur life. Professionals see situations and they handle what they see. They are not amateur dabblers.
So learn this as a first lesson about life. The only successful beings in any field, including living itself, are those who have a professional viewpoint and make themselves and are professionals.
Excerpted from A New Slant on Life
by L. Ron Hubbard