In my younger years I looked at the price and went with more amateurs because they were priced affordable for what I needed. Every time I did this I got a solution just as equivalent to the price I paid. I was never really satisfied with the work and usually had to hire someone else to do it over again.
As the years go by it dawned on me that when it comes to items that have to do with my livelihood and/or my personal growth I don't measure my decision based on price. I measure my decision based on solutions, risk and time.
Can I afford in this situation to get the wrong advice? Do I have the time to do this over again? How bad do I need to solve this problem? Is this the person or service going to take me to another level?
The key to making the right decision in these cases has to with your "Discernment" level. Are you able to judge well enough in this particular situation if this product, service and/or person is the right next step for you. If the answer is Yes, than you need to take the PRICE out of the decision making process completely!
Only when you do this can you effectively judge the other party's value without involving the ego in the decision making process. In most cases when you come across a "true professional" you're going to quickly realize that the impact they have on you will almost always give you a return on your investment 10X to what you pay out for the product, service and/or person.
I know you're asking yourself how did I come up with a 10X Return on Investment Number? When it comes to your livelihood and personal growth these areas don't work in linear time or with conventional logic. They work in No time and have Exponential effects on You at many different levels.
Usually when you deal with a "True Professional" they work with simplicity, precision, efficiency and neatness. They are able to do more with less because they know it only takes a 1% shift in what you see in order to give you a 10X ROI. In most cases a "True Professional" can do this so quickly it feels like your whole world has opened up to a new possibility that was not available to you before you hired them for the job at hand.
The better you are at by using Discernment will dictate your ability to choosing the right "True Professional" for your need. The next time you have a need that involves your livelihood and/or personal growth make sure you find a "True Professional" because it's not about the money you pay for it going out. It's about the 10X Return coming back to you!!