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FIRST Team 847 PHRED - Gracious Professionalism

Gracious Professionalism

 

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"In the long run, gracious professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. If one becomes a professional, and uses knowledge in a gracious manner, everyone wins."
-Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor

Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of the FIRST organization. It is a term that was coined by Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor, to describe the spirit of FIRST in which fierce competition and mutual gain are one and the same thing. Although at competitions FIRST teams compete like crazy, everyone is treated with respect, no matter what team they are on. Everyone who is part of FIRST is a friend. During a competition, when one team needs a part or tool, another team will lend what supplies they can so that the team's robot can perform to the best of its ability. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are all equally mixed together in gracious professionalism.

Gracious professionalism is an essential part of having a successful career and life, no matter what line of work you go into.