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If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
-- Buddha
 

 

Friday, August 20, 2021

Competence from caring

You are the most competent and effective when working on what you care most about. If you wish to become more competent at anything, first make sure you connect it to what you value.

That connection will not always be obvious. Yet even when the task itself has no meaning to you, there’s a reason why you’re doing it.

Consider that reason, and the additional reasons behind it. Get clear on the connection between the seemingly pointless activity and whatever’s driving it that’s meaningful to you.

When you’re working on what you care about, you’ll continue discovering ways to improve your work. Your care and devotion to what you’re doing will illuminate potential improvements that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Competence comes from caring. Genuine caring comes from seeing that just about everything you do can be connected to what you value.

Be mindful of the reasons behind whatever you’re doing. There’s no limit to how much you can improve when you know how much you care.

— Ralph Marston

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