S:0461 Principle: Multiple Competencies

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)


If you are proficient at only one thing, then you always know where to focus your attention and resources. Most people can and do build great lives based on mastering one skill set.

However, if you are proficient, or at least competent, in multiple areas, you can have an additional issue. Multiple competencies can leave you with the belief that you have multiple number-one priorities. Of course you can t have two number-one priorities. Instead, what frequently happens is you learn to dance real fast while spinning multiple plates. Although the cost gets higher over time, some people can be successful with this.

A healthier approach is to pick one area and get it running smoothly, requiring little of your attention, then pick another area to work on. By focusing your attention and resources sequentially you will find that all of your interests can be mastered without the stress that accompanies working in parallel.

Think of the last time you were on a multi-engine airplane. The pilot started one engine first. After that one settled into smooth operation, he or she then started the others, in turn. No pilot every starts all engines at the same time.

Why should you?


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