Via Darin, who pointed me at Joel on Software, who points at articles at the Dexterity Games site, comes this gem: a comparison of amateur vs. professional shareware developers. This article can easily be generalized beyond the nominal subject to amateurism vs. professionalism. I see this kind of stuff every day, and I think Steve Pavlina really understands what he’s talking about. The section of “Psychological Factors” is truly good stuff and I see many of the stuff of his amateurs in many businesses (names unnamed) that should be professional but act like amateurs.
A side trip down one of these links also led to his article on how to cultivate burning desire. Also very good stuff – burn the ships, indeed.