When I graduated from high school I got a job at a bank as a teller. I was also waitressing at night so getting up early for a professional job exhausted me.
One day during training I finished my workbook. The other tellers were doing drive-thru. The lobby wasn't open yet.
To my eighteen year old mind, it seemed like a good time for a nap.
That didn't go over well.
I didn't have a professional mindset. I was still back in school where I always took a nap in the mornings during class.
If you're writing toward publication, toward a career, it's important to find out what is expected of professionals in this industry. I read an interesting comment where a lady remarked that her husband was in sales, and in that industry, it's okay not to take no for an answer. But with the publishing industry, that can be a death knell for your career.
What have you learned about being an author? What are the things required of you in your current job to be professional? How is it different from the publishing industry?