CHAPTER 4THE COMPETENCE FORMULAFRAMING YOUR COMPETENCE

Smart and hard-working—doesn’t exist

Smart and lazy—that’s what I am

Stupid and lazy—for entertainment

Stupid and hard-working—heaven help us!

CHARLES DE TALLEYRAND

The Amazing Fitzjames

British author Stephen Potter wrote a serious of humorous self-help books on how to gain an advantage in life. In one of them, he described one of the stories of a legendary Harvard student with the name Fitzjames.1 Toward the end of his second semester, only a few weeks before the all-important final exams, Fitzjames suddenly disappeared. No one saw him at any lecture, seminar, or study group. His fellow students feverishly worked toward the final exams and were hanging on every word their professors said, ...

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