Competence Quotes

Quotes tagged as "competence" (showing 1-30 of 77)
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
“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

Jamie Arpin-Ricci
“...Be careful not to mistake early incompetency as inherent weakness.”
Jamie Arpin-Ricci, The Introvert Writer: Being Your Creative Best By Being Your Truest Self

Lolly Daskal
“Becoming a great leader doesn’t mean being perfect. it means living with your imperfections.”
Lolly Daskal, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

Lolly Daskal
“Many people spend more time looking at their failures than focusing on their successes.”
Lolly Daskal, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

Lolly Daskal
“Do not allow your inner doubts to keep you from achieving what you can do.”
Lolly Daskal, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

Richie Norton
“All too often people pretend to be professional. "Professionalism" is sometimes a facade for fraud. Be pro, but be real. Honesty and transparency combined with character, competence and real results is the key to being a true pro.”
Richie Norton

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

Lolly Daskal
“Intuition is a sense of knowing how to act decisively without needing to know why.”
Lolly Daskal, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

Israelmore Ayivor
“Your confidence kills your fears when they appear. Your competence makes them not to appear at all. Be bold; do it.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Let's Go to the Next Level

Lolly Daskal
“When your intuition is strong, follow it.”
Lolly Daskal, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

Luigina Sgarro
“You understand how much you know about a subject the moment you give explanations to someone who doesn't know anything about it.”
Luigina Sgarro

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Our competence comes from God's grace.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Debasish Mridha
“Your competence or success have no significance if you are devoid of compassion and kindness.”
Debasish Mridha

“L’imagination de l’Homme est un puis de mystère que seul le créateur connait les profondeurs.”
Naide P Obiang

“When we are asked to act, we do so only if we feel at least minimally competent to do what is asked of us. We need to feel that our actions will ultimately be successful. Without some expectation of success, we are unlikely to act at all and will rather resign ourselves to letting fate take its course. We often redirect our thinking from our actual goals to the goal of preserving a sense of our competence. This act of self-protection is essential to maintaining a minimum capacity to act.”
Dietrich Dörner, The Logic of Failure: Recognizing and Avoiding Error in Complex Situations

Steven Magee
“I judge the competence of radiation researchers not by their discoveries, but by their ability to recover from the biologically toxic exposures.”
Steven Magee

“Practice gives you skills. Skills give you competence. Competence gives you confidence.”
Woody Miller, How to Bottom Like a Porn Star: The Ultimate Guide to Gay Sex

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