Not Mastering All
You don’t Have to Master all These Competencies
Sometimes Just Being OK or Good is Fine
For example, you don’t need to be a master chef, but you do need to know how to shop and prepare simple meals. You don’t need to be a financial wizard, but you do need to know how to budget your money and bank or investment accounts. You don’t need to be a doctor or personal trainer, but you do need to know how to take care of your basic health.
Other Competencies do Need to be Mastered
But, these will be the competencies where you have the greatest interest. For example, if you want to become a physician, you need to master science and a bunch of other things. If you want to be a performing artist, you need to master your craft. If you want to be an electrician, you also need to master your craft.
Some competencies will offer many more benefits as you get past OK or good and approach mastery. Relationship skills are a good example. The better you are at these skills the better your relationships will be and the more advantages you will have in your personal and work settings.
Core academic skills – reading, analyzing, writing, computing, studying effectively – may also fall into this category as they are broadly applicable in adult life – even if they don’t seem that way now.
Relax – It’s a Journey and You Can Develop Competencies Over Time
There may be some time pressure on building some competencies, but in general the key is to be the author in terms of deciding which competencies to develop and how.
Don’t wait for people to do this for you because the world is not set up to do that for you (unfortunately). School does structure a lot of competency building, so take advantage of that. But many of these competencies are not developed well in school, so you will need to take the initiative.
I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for - perfection is God's business.Michael J.