1) Unconscious Incompetence. UI You don’t know what you don’t know
2) Conscious Incompetence. CI You do know what you don’t know
3) Conscious Competence. CC You do know that you do know
4) Unconscious Competence. UC You don’t know that you do know
Everyone begins at Stage One, which is Unconscious Incompetence, meaning you don’t know what you don’t know. This is stage one of learning. When you’re a toddler, you have no need to drive a car so you don’t even consider the fact that you don’t know how to get behind the wheel and start the engine.
Stage Two, Conscious Incompetence is becoming aware of what you don’t know. After reading this book, you do know what you don’t know. This pulls you into stage two of learning. This is the area where you start to practice the skills knowing that you are not yet competent in them. There is a lot of time spent between stages two and three to become increasingly more competent at a new skill. When your older siblings begin to drive and practice to pass their driver’s test, you might become aware that you don’t know the skills they’re currently acquiring.
Stage three is when via implementing the strategies you are in a state of hyper awareness about possession of what you now know. It takes conscious effort but this stage is often one of high productivity; there is comprehension and acquisition of ideas, greater awareness, growth, and practice practice practice. This is also a stage when you adapt and pivot, learning from setbacks. Implementation eventually leads to mastery in the fourth and final stage.This stage takes dedication, motivation, and sustained effort. It’s not sustainable if it’s something that doesn’t interest you. For example, learning a foreign language. Unless there’s everyday application, with little to no interest, there’s rarely growth or meaningful results. In our example of driving a car, this is the stage in which you’re consciously aware of when and how to turn a blinker on, do a head check, shift gears, and merge lanes responsibly. It can be very taxing learning a new skill, and this is often when people quite before reaching stage four.
Stage four is mastery, and what some would call the ten thousand hour rule, as a benchmark for a skill that is ingrained so deeply into your subconscious, after an abundance of practice, that you become no longer consciously aware of what was previously an effort. At this stage, it takes no conscious awareness at all to execute this skill well. Have you ever pulled into your driveway, turned off the ignition, and wondered, How did I even get here? What route did I take? This is something that most people, who have been driving over a lifetime, can relate to.
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