Quotes About Competence

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Theodore Roosevelt
“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Ayn Rand
“It's easy to run to others. It's so hard to stand on one's own record. You can fake virtue for an audience. You can't fake it in your own eyes. Your ego is your strictest judge. They run from it. They spend their lives running. It's easier to donate a few thousand to charity and think oneself noble than to base self-respect on personal standards of personal achievement. It's simple to seek substitutes for competence--such easy substitutes: love, charm, kindness, charity. But there is no substitute for competence.”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Kurt Vonnegut
“If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.”
Kurt Vonnegut

Immanuel Kant
“Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why so great a portion of mankind, after nature has long since discharged them from external direction (naturaliter maiorennes), nevertheless remains under lifelong tutelage, and why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians. It is so easy not to be of age. If I have a book which understands for me, a pastor who has a conscience for me, a physician who decides my diet, and so forth, I need not trouble myself. I need not think, if I can only pay - others will easily undertake the irksome work for me.

That the step to competence is held to be very dangerous by the far greater portion of mankind...”
Immanuel Kant, An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?

Michael Bassey Johnson
“-We need more love, to supersede hatred, -We need more strength,
to resist our weaknesses,
-We need more inspiration,
to lighten up our innermind.
-We need more learning,
to erase our ignorance,
-We need more wisdom,
to live longer and happier,
-We need more truths, to suppress deceptions,
-We need more health,
to enjoy our wealth,
-We need more peace, to stay in harmony with our brethren
-We need more smiles,
to brighten up our day,
-We need more hero's, and not zero's,
-We need more change of ourselves, to change the lives of others,
-We need more understanding,
to tackle our misunderstanding,
-We need more sympathy,
not apathy,
-We need more forgiveness,
not vengeance,
-We need more humility to be lifted up,
-We need more patience and not undue eagerness,
-We need more focus, to avoid distraction,
-We need more optimism,
not pessimism
-We need more justice,
not injustice,
-We need more facts, not fiction,
-We need more education,
to curb illiteracy,
-We need more skills, not incompetence,
-We need more challenges,
to make attempts,
-We need more talents,
to create the extraordinary,
-We need more helping hands,
not stingy folks,
-We need more efforts,
not laziness,
-We need more jokes, to forget our worries, -We need more spirituality,
not mean religion,
-We need more freedom,
not enslavement,
-We need more peacemakers,
not revolutionaries...with these, we create an heaven on earth.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

“Having good intentions isn’t enough when actions fail; you also need some bad intentions so that you look competent.”
Bauvard, Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic

Lynn Kurland
“He can occasionally see to an enemy," she conceded. "If he manages to get his sword pointed in the right direction and the enemy does him the favor of falling upon it in precisely the right way.”
Lynn Kurland, Star of the Morning

Billy Joel
“I am, as I've said, merely competent. But in an age of incompetence, that makes me extraordinary.”
Billy Joel

Thomas Hardy
“My weakness has always been to prefer the large intention of an unskilful artist to the trivial intention of an accomplished one: in other words, I am more interested in the high ideas of a feeble executant than in the high execution of a feeble thinker.”
Thomas Hardy

Martin Van Buren
“it is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didnt”
Martin Van Buren

Flannery O'Connor
“So many people can now write competent stories that the short story is in danger of dying of competence.”
Flannery O'Connor

“They all have excellent resumes... So what I’m trying to find out is how they will behave under pressure.”
Hyman G. Rickover

Peter Tremayne
“Pride in office without competence is as much a sin as competence without confidence.”
Peter Tremayne, Shroud for the Archbishop

Amaka Imani Nkosazana
“I Love You! Three words that mean nothing if not followed through with actions. It seems to be more relevant in the terms of showing verses saying. Anyone can say it, because there are different kinds of love. But, few are willing to actually show it. Saying is one thing. Living proof is another.”
Amaka Imani Nkosazana, Sweet Destiny

“Kevyn, I'm promoting you from Tech Sergeant to Munitions Commander. I want you to take responsibility for all Company weapons.

Munitions Commander? Why me?

I don't know. Call it "suspicion of extreme competence" on my part.
-Captain Tagon & Commander Kevyn Andreyasn”
Howard Tayler, The Tub of Happiness

Emi Iyalla
“Skills make dreams happen. They build economies. They make people rich and famous. In today’s world, the demands for skills are staggering. Government, business and individuals have too much to achieve, their goals are huge. They are constantly, and I do mean constantly, looking for people with the right skills. People that can get the job done.”
Emi Iyalla

Ayn Rand
“It’s easier to donate a few thousands to charity and think oneself noble than to base self-respect on personal standards of personal achievement. It’s simple to seek substitutes for competence—such easy substitutes: love, charm, kindness, charity. But there is no substitute for competence.”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Donna Tartt
“It was a myth you couldn't function on opiates: shooting up was one thing but for someone like me-jumping at pigeons beating from the sidewalk, afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder practically to the point of spasticity and cerebral palsy-pills were the key to being not only competent, but high-functioning.”
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

“We pass judgements as to merits in areas we have no competence”
Benson IV

Amit Kalantri
“Complements from your companion will do you no good, but if you get complements from your competitors it means you are really doing good.”
Amit Kalantri

Kenneth H. Blanchard
“Leaders empower individuals by building trust and coaching competence in their job roles and networking skills.”
Kenneth H. Blanchard, Collaboration Begins with You: Be a Silo Buster

Napoléon Bonaparte
“Under a good administration, the Nile gains on the desert. Under a bad one, the desert gains on the Nile.”
Napoléon Bonaparte, Napoleon's memoirs: Memoirs of the history of France during the reign of Napoleon, dictated by the Emperor at Sainte-Helena to the generals who shared his captivity

“The cost of a range of appropriate courses and training activities is much less than the cost of incompetence.”
Robin Hoyle, Complete Training: From Recruitment to Retirement

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Ladies and gentlemen, when you paint your lips, eyes, nails, hair, side-beards, or whatever, to look beautiful or handsome, don't forget your up stairs, if you don't go up there to put things in order, then, consider the former attributes null and void.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Amit Kalantri
“Let it be a small gain or big gain never do lesser than one's ability, let it be a pain or a pleasure never accept more than one's share.”
Amit Kalantri

Ayn Rand
“...she had always looked for sparks of competence, like a diamond prospector in an unpromising wasteland.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand
“The code of competence is the only system of morality that’s on a gold standard.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“If we agree that the education, employment and retirement continuum is no longer a linear “cradle to grave” construct, then several tools for managing this reality are increasingly proving redundant. Job descriptions used for hiring are one such example. Hiring managers often write these as a reflection of their own experiences, ignoring the fact that we are entering an era where the emphasis should be less on ready competence and more on transferable skills.”
Gyan Nagpal

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Professional’ does not necessarily mean that the person so labelled is good or knows what they are doing. In many a case, it merely means that they do whatever that they are a professional at for a living, not as a hobby.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, N for Nigger: Aphorisms for Grown Children and Childish Grown-ups

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