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Day 15 – Q 2. Can right attitude make up for lack of competence? Critically examine.

2. Can right attitude make up for lack of competence? Critically examine.   

क्या सही दृष्टिकोण योग्यता की कमी की क्षतिपूर्ती कर सकता है? समालोचनात्मक जांच करें।


Attitude can be defined as a mental or neural state of readiness organized through experience influencing dynamically or directly the individuals’ response to all objects and situations with which it is related.

Competence on another hand is defined as ability to do something efficiently and successfully


Attitude is more important

1) It is easier to train the people: When people have the right attitude they are both motivated and adaptable which makes them more open to learning new skills. With the right attitude and enough effort newest skills can be mastered quickly. Whereas improving attitude is often about changing behaviours which is always much more difficult to do, as people need to want to change and without the right attitude this is unlikely to happen

2)Right attitude can overcome obstacles: The famous saying” When going gets tough the tougher gets going” stresses on how right attitude can overcome hurdles

E.g.: The rescue of boys from Thailand cave: The boys lacked required competence to dive but with the positive attitude they could overcome their incompetence

Competence is as much needed as attitude  

1) For a person to succeed at his job he need to have the required skill set E.g.: Doctor alone can treat a patient with illness and not a quack?

2) Helps in increasing efficiency

Right attitude and required competence are both needed for a person to succeed in his life. One cannot be substitute for other.

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