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No. 740 / On being competent

It’s what we all long for in our careers, right? Competence is, after all, the ability to do something successfully or efficiently. And, the more experience we get, the better, more competent we become at doing our thing.

But it’s also easy to fall in love with competence. Why is this a potential stumbling block? Because it limits our curiosity which stunts our growth.

Innovation, exploration, something new, something original - these pursuits can only be made possible through failure. And competent people hate failure.

We love being really good at what we do. So good, sometimes, that we avoid opportunities that promise possibilities.