CM Punk, and the Myth of Professionalism

Chances are, at some point in your career, you have been told or encouraged to “be professional”.  This usually takes on one of two meanings :

  • to dress well, not curse openly, practice respectable hygiene, and act in a mature and personable manner
  • to soldier on quietly as promises or other things you’ve earned are not honored or given.  For example, “We’ve decided to not give you the raise we discussed, but we hope you’ll be professional about this and continue to work hard for us”

While the sentiment behind the first definition is generally innocuous and, by all accounts, good advice, the second definition is not so straightforward.   Continue reading

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