I was going through 2D’s blog one of these days and came across a pretty interesting post as to what is more important, process or result. The views were pretty interesting, favoring result and many people are expected to have this kind of a view in this cut-throat professional age (my previous post gives a pretty good example). However, according to me, the whole thinking should be situation dependant.
Let’s compare the following cases
Case 1: You haven’t tried as much and not really put in the necessary amount of efforts. The results obtained are dismal
Case 2: You obtain the necessary results without going through the right process and doing the necessary hard work. In short, you succeed by fluke.
Case 3: You work hard and smart, plan things well and still fall short of your targets, possibly due to some small flaw in your course of action.
Case 4: You follow the right process and get the right results.
From the above, Case 1 and 4 seem to be fair outcomes. Case 2 and 3 seem to defy conventional correlations. Given a choice between the two cases, a result oriented guy would go for the 2nd and a process oriented for the 3rd. What would I go for? Well, it depends upon the gravity of the result desired. If it’s something on which one’s life depends on, then I don’t think any practical person would opt for Case 3. However, the possibility of such situations arising are rare (except when may be you are a terrorist). Hence considering a normal situation, I would opt for Case 3. This is because even if you don’t succeed, the learning experience you gather while working hard towards your goal can be immense. Hence, you can still learn from your mistakes and make sure you don’t repeat them again. And these things would help in various other areas of one’s life as well, paving the way for eventual all-round success. Focusing on process may not give the desired results initially, but when they start paying, they do so big-time.
P.S: I am open to more thoughts regarding this.