Maybe you saw that amateurs, i.e. those not paid for their financial acumen, outperformed professionals when challenged to predict Apple’s quarterly results.
The amateurs did uniformly much better than the professionals.
Coincidentally, I’m reading Clay Shirky’s (@cshirky) Cognitive Surplus, specifically the chapter called “Motive” that compares several instances of group collaboration and examines the reasons behind them and their success.
Doing something because it interests you makes it a different kind of activity than doing it because you are reaping external reward.
Finally, stating the obvious, “to be an amateur is to do something for the love of it.”
Although I knew this, reading it in this context provides the subtle connotation required to really get what this means.
We tend to think that professionals are better (more skilled, more accurate, etc.) because they are paid. Shirky’s point is that amateurs are better because they are not paid.
“For the love of it” trumps money as an reward.
Incidentally, I always enjoy Shirky’s writing and speaking, and Cognitive Surplus is no different. He writes books that put a smile on your face and make you hopeful and full of ideas.
Hard to argue with that.