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A large part of life is about milestones. And this post is a milestone for me, being as it’s my 100th post on this site.

Hitting this number was a goal that I set back in May 30th, 2011 when this site was set up as a replacement for our old one, and my objective in writing on the subjects of HVACR electrical troubleshooting, refrigeration systems, air flow, soft skills development for technicians, service management, in-house training, coaching, leading, managing, doing business on the web, technician certification, licensing, paying HVAC technicians, etc…was to approach it from the idea that I wanted to help anybody who was interested in reading what I had to say.

Looking back on it, I think the best way to describe my belief about blogging is that a large part of the philosophy behind the process is to consider it from the unconscious incompetence to unconscious competence perspective.

The easiest way to understand this concept is to consider tying our shoes.

When we were very young, we didn’t know how to tie our shoes, and we didn’t know that we didn’t know how to do that, which is defined as unconscious incompetence.

As we got a little older, we still didn’t know how to tie our shoes, but at some point, we realized that we didn’t know how, which is what conscious incompetence is.

So, we worked on learning to tie our shoes, and it wasn’t exactly easy, so we had to concentrate on doing it just so for a period of time before we mastered the process. This is conscious competence.

At some point, we developed the skill so we didn’t have to work so hard on tying our shoes, and we just started doing it automatically, which is unconscious competence.

We went from unconscious incompetence to unconscious competence with the two necessary steps of conscious incompetence and conscious competence in between.

I think that being a HVACR professional fits into the same learning model as tying our shoes. When we start out, there’s a lot of things we don’t know, and we don’t know that we don’t know them. But, once we’re aware that there are some things we need to learn, we concentrate on learning these things. and some of these skills, no matter what we’re applying them to, become automatic; a basis for the specific things we need to do in order to troubleshoot and service equipment.

Whether you’ve read every one of my posts here, or if you’ve only read a few, I hope that I’ve been a helpful source for you,  no matter where you might have been on the unconscious incompetence to unconscious competence continuum before you took the time to consider what I had to say. 

In wrapping up this post that is significant to me because it is, as I said above, a milestone. And since it’s a fact that nobody achieves anything of a significant nature all on their own,  I need to say thank you, first of all to two people who have made this possible.

First, my wife Peggy, who always supports everything I do and is directly responsible for any success I have achieved. And also, thanks to Valerie Lancaster of Wowsers Web Design for her expertise in developing and maintaining our site (and putting up with me in the process) on which this blog appears.

And thanks to those of you who have read some or all of this blog and commented and suggested and critiqued what I’ve written. It’s been my pleasure to put this stuff up here for you.

Learn From Yesterday….Live For Today….Look Forward To Tomorrow

Jim

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