Competence quotes page 2
The older I get the more I admire and crave competence, just simple competence, in any field
from adultery to zoology.
H. L. Mencken
When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart.
But the real issue for me is, are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in
love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself. They'll want to do what's best for
Apple, not what's best for them, what's best for Steve, or anybody else.
If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.
How do I change?
If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
Laurence J. Peter
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and
tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good
plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
I would rather have five energetic and competent enemies than one fool friend.
A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an
incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.
John J. Pershing
Any work is always improvable, you cannot really finish the work, you can only abandon it out
of tiredness or incompetence.
No human being will work hard at anything unless they believe that they are working for
If you improve education by teaching for competence, eliminating schooling, and connecting
with students, the test scores will improve.
Told that the passing grade is a B or competence and that we will help you to get there,
students do competent work. The lowest passing grade in the real world is competence. Why
do schools accept so much less?