• Andy Petranek

Unconscious Competence... or Incompetence?


The things I’m happy with and “good” at are things about which I say I’m competent. My brain has “efficientized“ these actions into things that I don’t have to think about... that will happen without effort or thought.

The problem is, it also does this with things that I'm not happy with or good at... and most of the time I don’t even know it.


“There’s a Hole In The Sidewalk” by Portia Nelson


I. I walk down the street.

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost. I am helpless.

It isn't my fault.

It takes forever to find a way out.


II.

I walk dow


n the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I still don't see it. I fall in again.

I can't believe I am in the same place. It isn't my fault.

It still takes a long time to get out.


III.

I


walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.

I see it there, I still fall in.

It's habit. It's my fault. I know where I am. I get out immediately.


IV.

I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.



V.

I walk down a different street.



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