Doing The Right Things And Being On The Right Track
It does not stop at knowing what to do to achieve success but you are also required to know how to do it, the processes to follow, and the methods to abide by. Getting to the destination in a totally wrong track may make the destination to lose value and it may render the entire process futile. Take for example; when you compete in a racing championship (like the Olympics 100 meters race, etc), you observe that each competitor has their own distinctive track to run in. It is true that the ultimate idea is to get to the finishing line first, but there are also rules to abide by first, so that the end-result will be fruitful. If a competitor steps off his track and runs in someone else's track, even if he reaches the finishing line first, he will be disqualified and will not receive any prize.
A friend of mine once narrated his real experience to me and I quickly understood the need to follow the right way and to do things rightly. During his last semester examination, there was a particular course he knew so well that he was even helping out his course mates with their course works and putting them through in the area that they did not understand. However, after the examinations, when the result came out, he was shocked to discover that he failed the course. He convinced himself that he wrote well in the exam and it was impossible for him to fail. He then challenged the result with the school authorities and his script was recalled to see why he failed.
When the script was brought before the examinations department and he also appear there, while going through the script, they saw the reason why the lecturer failed him. The exam paper has 6 questions but the instruction says "answer only 4 questions but number 6 is compulsory." This means that you must answer the 6th question and then pick any other 3 questions of your choice. However, he only saw "answer only 4 questions" but did not read down to see that the 6th question was compulsory, so he just picked the first-four and answered them. Even though he wrote excellently well, it did not count because he did not do it rightly and he did not follow the process.
From the story above, one can deduce that processes are very important to achieving lasting success. In life, there are rules that guide everything that you want to do. It is by obeying the rules and following the principles that you will obtain the result. It does not matter how hard you have worked and how much energy you have expended, as long as your are not putting the effort rightly, it will not yield the required results. Take this instance: imagine someone travelling to a particular place but he is speeding on the wrong direction with the hope to arrive early, will he ever arrive at the destination? As a matter of fact, the more the driver speeds on the wrong direction, the more he moves further away from the desired destination. Just to let you know; speed may be good, no doubt, but it is not an advantage if you are on the wrong direction.
In an exam for example, even if you like you can finish before everyone else, there will not be a reward for the first person that submits his script. What the examiner marks is not how fast you were able to write but how right and correct your answers are. So you see, as much as you should be concerned about speed, you should also be more concerned about precision. It is the combination of both speed and precision that will deliver the result, not one in lieu of the other.
Why some people struggle in life without having enough evidence to show for their work is that they do not follow the "how to." When you buy a new electronic for example, there is always a manual attached to it to show you how to operate it. In the same way, if you follow the right way to do things and do them rightly, then you will obtain the result with ease.
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