Be Competent

Competence is the ability of an individual to do a job properly. Competence is the first thing most executives and business leaders look for in up-and-comers. It’s one of the highest compliments. And it’s essential to business success. More than anything, you must be competent.

Being competent doesn’t mean to know how to do everything, but rather to know what to do and how to get it done. Even the most brilliant people who try to go it on their own is setting themselves up for failure. A good leader will know where their strengths and weaknesses lie and thus know what kind of expertise they will need to surround themselves with.

Competence is the ability to get an undefined task done in an efficient manner. The skills that go into that are primarily time management and ability to learn. Someone who is very competent can take a random task in a field in which he’s not an expert, figure out how to get it done, and then complete it. He won’t be able to do it as well or as quickly as an expert, but that’s not the point. The point is to not be totally helpless when working outside of your comfort zone.

So what does it take to be competent? You start with confidence. If you don’t believe that you can complete the task, you’ll get flustered or sabotage yourself and will either give up or do such a poor job that the task can’t be considered complete. Next you need to determine what is actually important. Considering what actually matters, you come up with a plan.

Summing-up: Competence is not the ability to control the uncontrollable. Competence is the ability to control ourselves in the face of uncertainty. Be prepared. Be prepared for uncertainty. It is a matter of mental fitness.

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