Competence Quotes

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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

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

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“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?

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

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

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

“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

Howard Tayler
“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

Peter V. Brett
“I have rare moments of competence.”
Peter V. Brett, The Desert Spear

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

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

Amit Kalantri
“Experts were once amateurs who kept practicing.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Hrishikesh Agnihotri
“Skills are important.
Ethics are necessary.

Competence is desirable.
Character is crucial.”
Hrishikesh Agnihotri

Allison Pataki
“Mediocrity is never a desirable destination....At least, not when practice might transform mediocrity to competence, or even skill.' ~ Napoleon Bonapart”
Allison Pataki, The Queen's Fortune

Lucia Berlin
“He must think her one of those aggressive competent American women. I am competent, she thought, her head lying on the edge of the boat, tears swept away by the high waves.”
Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

Nicky Verd
“The topic of technological competence can no longer be left only to Experts or IT Specialists. It is now imperative for everyone to be Tech Savvy to survive in the new era”
Nicky Verd, Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted

Nicky Verd
“Take charge of your own digital Upskilling. Digitize yourself!”
Nicky Verd, Disrupt Yourself Or Be Disrupted

“If you're incompetent, you can't know you're incompetent ... The skills you need to produce a right answer are exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is”

“The universe rewards competence, not covetousness.”
Lance Wallnau

“The secular version of becoming godlike: be excellent. Why? Because people imagine gods as vastly excelled version of themselves. The more excellent, the more god.”
Thomas Vato

Sijin BT
“Our competence to excel in life depends on our ability to do what we can do.”
Sijin Bt

Sudhir Warier
“A Sentient Incompetent employee is preferable to one who is Insentient Competent”
Sudhir Warier, Competency Management - A Practitioners Handbook

Amit Kalantri
“Will finds the way but skill gets the credit.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“When we are underconfident, we desire to be accepted unconditionally. That way no matter how much goes wrong and how little we accomplish, we are still guaranteed a place in society. Those who are so damaged in confidence and self-esteem that they assume they will never get anything right, and never accomplish anything of note, demand not only a place in society, but one equal to those who get things right and accomplish things. Although a defensive outlook, this viewpoint is projected forward as a pre-emptive strike on feelings of inadequacy, regret and doubt.
When enough people gather who have this viewpoint, we create a society where social factors - being nice, novelty of approach, possessions owned, ironic or unusual lifestyles - become more important than ability. If you want to know how the path to Idiocracy is paved, this is it. Natural selection now favors the social, not the competent, and so society breeds future generations of incompetent (but very sociable) people.”
Brett Stevens

“Few people mind a dumb person who is humble and follows orders well, but dumb people who agitate for change that benefits dumb people quickly destroy any civilization.”
Brett Stevens, Nihilism: A Philosophy Based In Nothingness And Eternity

Talees Rizvi
“The illusion of competence is Ignorance in reality”
Talees Rizvi, 21 Day Target and Achievement Planner [Use Only Printed Work Book: LIFE IS SIMPLE HENCE SIMPLE WORKBOOK

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