In Psychology, the “Conscious Competence” learning model aims to describe the four stages in learning and becoming expert at a specific skill. We all know the frustrations involved in moving from incompetence to expertise in a particular subject, but seeing this easy-to-understand model may ease that frustration by helping us to see that we’re not alone – persistence and patience are required by anyone wanting to become an expert.
As you can see from the above graphic, there are four stages of Competence:
- Unconscious Incompetence – a person does not know how to perform a skill and is not necessarily aware of their inability. A strong desire to learn is required at this stage to move on to the next stage.
- Conscious Incompetence – a person still does not know how to perform a skill, but they recognize this lack of competence and understand the importance or working to perfect it. At this stage, mistakes will be made, it is just important that learning occurs thereafter.
- Conscious Competence – a person now knows how to perform a skill, but performing that skill or conveying the knowledge that they have acquired requires conscious effort.
- Unconscious Competence – a person has so much experience with and knowledge of a particular skill, they can now perform that skill without conscious effort. At this stage of competence, the person is in a position to teach that skill to others.
At Beth Ferester & Company, many of our agents have been in the business for decades. We have moved into the fourth stage of Unconscious Competence, which is to say that we are experts in the field of real estate and exactly the kind of agent that you need when buying or selling a property. We love sharing our knowledge with our clients and are proud to support less experienced agents and mentor them as they progress up the hierarchy to the fourth and final stage. In fact, sharing a skill after putting in the time and effort to perfect it is possibly the greatest reward of all.