Inefficient does not mean ineffective, and it is certainly not the same as lazy. You get things done – just not in the most effective way possible. You’re a bit sloppy, and use more energy. But don’t feel bad about it. There is real value in not being the best.
Wow. This article is worth reading in its entirety (it’ll only take you a few minutes) and reflecting on at length. Really hits home for me, because I simply cannot be a specialist…as much as I would like to be! In fact, I have always wanted to be the best at something. This piece makes the case for being a generalist to better deal with a highly dynamic environments…and of that doesn’t describe my working life, I don’t know what does. I have to come to grips with the fact my calling is neither to be an academic, nor a monastic, nor a professional! I am parish priest.