In Seth Godin’s latest blog, he asks,
Is there anything worse we can say about you and your work? “You are unprepared.”
Well yes. The worst thing I think anyone could say to me about my work is that I’m incompetent.
Well, given that am properly qualified, one should assume that I am competent. I also have considerable skill, knowledge and experience.
And yet, there are times, when I don’t feel competent. There is that one student, or that one concept, or that one issue that I can’t seem to succeed with. I start to doubt my self, lose confidence and wonder if I’m really cut out for this work.
But those feelings are deceptive. There is a difference between feeling competent and being competent. It seems human nature to focus on the negatives, to pay attention to our fears and doubts, our inadequacies rather than our strengths. To view those times when we either don’t succeed, or doubt we will succeed as hard evidence of our inability.
We need to remind ourselves of our strengths: the indisputable fact that we are, in fact, suitably qualified and bring knowledge and expertise to our roles; the many times in which we have succeeded, our capacity to problem solve and to acquire the knowledge and skills to face fresh challenges, to draw upon our networks for support.
We are teachers. We are learners. We are more than competent.