Means to an End or End justify its Means?

January 26, 2012 at 3:28 am | Posted in Think Right, Act Right | Leave a comment


What is more important? The END result or the MEANS (process) towards achieving it?

Goal Setting is a common tool used by people towards achieving something. While it is a good tool, over-emphasis or overly obsessive over the goal might not be ideal in some cases.

Example: A student aiming to achieve “A” grade for his subject. If his goal is to achieve “A”, and any means justify this end, he could resort to cheating. Alternatively, over-obsessive over this grade might put him through “midnight oil” that he simply have low level of alertness on the day of exam.

Now, I’m not saying one should not be obsessive with the achievement they wish to get in life. If it wasn’t for obsessiveness, we would not have great sportsman like Michael Jordon.

What i’m saying instead is focus on the MEANS , the journey , the process towards achieving your END. Focus on the right mindset, Focus on the right behaviour, Focus on the treating people right, Focus on disciplining yourself to do some of the tedious, but yet important tasks.


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