Are You an Amateur Mason or a Professional?



A recent article on the website Farnam Street, made the distinction between those who seem to be hugely successful and suggest that all the rest, who are amateurs, struggle.

The blog post lists a number of differences and, as normal, I began to think if these differences apply to Masons. I think they do and I’ll highlight three.

  • Amateurs stop when they achieve something. Professionals understand that the initial achievement is just the beginning. 

Masons – When raised to a Master Mason, were you led to believe this achievement is the pinnacle of Masonry? Or did a lodge culture exist that stressed your Masonic journey had just begun?

  • Amateurs have a goal. Professionals have a process.

Masons – Was your goal when joining Masonry to begin an improvement process or was it just to become a Mason?

  • Amateurs show up to practice to have fun. Professionals realize that what happens in practice happens in games.

Masons – Do you attend lodge meetings just for the fellowship or are you there to absorb knowledge and understanding for the purpose of improving your life?

  • Amateurs show up inconsistently. Professionals show up every day.

Masons – Do you only think about and apply the tools and lessons of Masonry while in lodge or are do you strive to use them as you attend to your “normal vocation?”

If you would like to see the whole list here is the link:

Are you an amateur or a professional Mason? Take some time and think about it.

Have a Great Masonic Day!


  1. Mark

    I am in the habit of saying once you’re a master mason you are as high in the fraternity as possible. The rest is there if you desire to know more. I will have to amend that after reading this. I know it’s the beginning, but I will have to be sure and stress that point.

    • Mike Clevenger

      Thanks for reading and your reply. We do have to continue to stress that a Mason should be a life-long learner.


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