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What does it mean to be proficient? Wikipedia, somewhat surprisingly, offers no help; so it must be defined here.

I consider myself proficient once I feel comfortable that I have enough skill to survive in all likely situations without external aid. Examples:

  • In #language this means I can navigate social situations with relative ease
  • In #programming 👨‍💻 This means I can accomplish any task presented (obviously provided I understand the needed tools aside from the programming language), if not in the best possible way
  • This means being able to tie a knot to aid with all functional situations, to be able to read music and play it with practice

Proficiency does not mean being anywhere close to perfect, that’s Expertise, but being good enough to do well.

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