There is an old joke that states that 1 out of 3 people are idiots. If you look at the person who lives on your right and they seem okay, then you look at the person who lives to your left and they too seem okay then it is you who are the idiot.
They (who ever they are – I suspect they work for Google) say that there is a little truth in all humour. I spent a lifetime either as an unconscious incompetent or trying to justify or hide my idiocy with humour. To understand that statement you have to understand the four core competencies of everything.
- Unconscious Incompetent – someone who doesn’t know they don’t know. For example learning to type. Someone, from a newly discovered tribe who has never seen a typewriter (Oh wait that could be right her in North America) or keyboard would not know they don’t know how to type.
- Conscious Incompetent – is the person who has been introduced to the keyboard or typewriter and now knows they do not know how to type.
- Conscious Competent – is what they become when the learn how to type but have to think about each letter and finger in order to do so because they know they know but it takes thought.
- Unconscious Competent – with a great deal of experience, perhaps Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours, the person’s fingers now fly over the key board typing words as fast as the mind thinks of them without ever thinking about the letters or the keys. They now don’t know or think about what they know it just comes automatically. This applies to everything from riding a bike to flying a jet.
In any event I thought it should be the start to a new book called ID 10TS, which is what the geeks always say is the code for what is wrong with my computer. Either that or they say I have a PICNIC problem
But I digress. The purpose of this book is to explain some of the fundamental places where we all go wrong and when it comes to going wrong, I have completed my 10,000 hours, left turns, or mistakes so I can call myself an expert in this department.
Now I know what I should have done but time has stolen most of the youth I need to do it.
This is not a poor me book, as I am sure that everyone, no matter how accomplished, thinks the same thing. If I only knew then, what I know now! Code for ID 10TS!
What do you think? Would you like to contribute?