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The future belongs to the competent. It belongs to those who are very, very good at what
they do. It does not belong to the well-meaning.
Brian Tracy

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence.
Napoleon Bonaparte

A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be
incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.
Sun Tzu

Competence goes beyond words. It's the leader's ability to say it, plan it, and do it in such a
way that others know that you know how. And know that they want to follow you.
John C. Maxwell

You must continue to gain expertise, but avoid thinking like an expert.
Denis Waitley

It's nice to believe that if you find the field where you're naturally gifted, you'll be great
from day one, but it doesn't happen. There's no evidence of high-level performance without
experience or practice.
Geoff Colvin

Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.
Michael Jordan

When you know what you're doing, efficiency and style are your only improvement
opportunities.
David Allen

A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It's the testing point of our character and
competence.
Stephen R. Covey

Never outsource your core competency.
Tony Hsieh

Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent.
Robert Greene

Ever notice how your senses are heightened when you are in challenging situations? You're
experiencing an adrenaline rush that gives you extra energy. If you see every day as a
challenge, you'd be surprised how efficient you can become, and how much can be
accomplished.
Donald Trump

Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt
few.
George Bernard Shaw

Asked to explain Tiger's (Woods) phenomenal success, father and son always gave the same
reason: hard work.
Geoff Colvin

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

Success demands a high level of logistical and organizational competence.
George S. Patton

The best people in any field are those who devote the most hours to what the researchers
call "deliberate practice." It's activity that's explicitly intended to improve performance, that
reaches for objectives just beyond one's level of competence, provides feedback on results
and involves high levels of repetition.
Geoff Colvin

Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art.
Peter F. Drucker

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
Isaac Asimov

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is
invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
Robert A. Heinlein

I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent.
Edith Sitwell

It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didnt.
Martin Van Buren

Of course it can get worse. It can turn into a civil war which can rage for a long time. I
doubt it will, given the state of the world. But now we are having more and more social
unrest, certainly we are going to have a lot of social unrest. The price of food is going up.
When food prices go up, people get out agitated and they look for someone to blame. The
way our system's supposed to work is: Incompetent people fail, competent people take their
assets, start over from a fresh base, a stronger base, and then the system grows again.
What's happening now is: They're taking the assets from the competent people, giving them
to the incompetent people, and say to the incompetent people, "Ok, now you can compete
with the competent people." And so the whole system is terribly weakened.
Jim Rogers, 2009

Regardless of what others may tell you, it's not about your passion. As I know people who
are passionately incompetent.
Larry Winget

Just as your hand has the power to hide the sun, mediocrity has the power to hide your inner
light. Do not blame others for your own incompetence.
Paulo Coelho

The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance,
superstition and incompetence.
Elbert Hubbard

Success will not be attributable to any one day, week or month but rather to the consistent,
persistent, succession of single days. Just keep your eye on your goal and continue to grow in
competence. Just concentrate on each task and do it as well as you can. One day at a time,
one task at a time. One at a time in their proper order.
Earl Nightingale

Only time and effort bring proficiency.
Chinese proverb

There is a power in public opinion in this country - and I thank God for it: for it is the most
honest and best of all powers - which will not tolerate an incompetent or unworthy man to
hold in his weak or wicked hands the lives and fortunes of his fellow-citizens.
Martin Van Buren

Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.
Peter F. Drucker

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