Is It Better To Do Nothing and Get No Result Than to Do Something and Get No Result?

Before we talk about results, first let’s talk about goals. Are you currently pursuing your goals? Do you even know what they might be?

If you don’t, you can even take some time and write down your top 25 goals.

Once you have a good idea of what your goals are, you can ask yourself again, “am I doing anything to achieve it?” Yes? No? Maybe?

Now here is the ultimate kicker — does any of it matter? Does any effort you put towards your goals even matter? In a year, do you expect to see any progress at all? If not, then why not stop immediately? After all, it’s better to do nothing and get no results, than to do something and get no results, right?

I heard it on a business podcasts. A highly influential person said that whatever you’re doing, make sure you are getting some results from it, otherwise, it’s useless — or some sentiment as such.

I understood what he was saying, but it didn’t sound, right. It sounded so discouraging. What’s the definition of result? How is it measured?

The same way all our goals are different, so are our result. Wait! What’s the difference between goals and results?

A goal is what you want to happen. If I say, I want to win the Stanley Cup — then winning the Stanley Cup is the goal.

However, once I start pursuing the goal, I might find that the best I can do is play for the Vancouver Canucks. That is the result. It’s great, but it’s not the ultimate goal.

Alternatively, my goal may be to publish a novel and my result is that I only managed to write a few paragraphs. Damn! Still not there yet.

The reason people like to think that it’s better to do nothing and get no results, than to do something and get no result is because they are confusing results with goals. You might not always achieve your goals, but you will always get a result if you try.

What I see in a comment like this is something along the line of, “I’m never going to win the Stanley Cup, so why should I even bother playing…?” or “I’m never going to be able to publish a novel, so why should I even bother writing a draft?”

They have defeated themselves before they had a chance to try. Yes… there is that dumb Yoda line, “Do or do not, there is no try.” Many choose do not. It’s easier. It’s safer. You won’t have results that people can point at and use as caution or mock you with it. “See, told you it wouldn’t work!”

If you are feeling a little down after hearing this, it’s okay. We all go through a phase of asking, “What’s the point? I’m not getting any results.”

That’s not true, though.

If you are doing something, then you are getting results. You might not be hitting your goals, but you are getting results. You are making things happen.

Quick. Change your mindset.

The act of doing should be the goal. Doing is the goal. Doing will lead to results and results gradually lead to bigger goals. My goal is to publish an article every week. My result, I’ve published this article. Not all goals need to be grand.

Additionally, the doing — the consistent action — will give you a better perspective of the path you’re need to go down. You’ll start to recognize challenges, obstacles, and gatekeepers along the way. You begin to understand how the game is actually played.

My goal in my early 20s was to be a filmmaker. I did it. I tried. I worked on set and I schmoozed. I realized what was required and I stopped. The result: I realized that I didn’t enjoy the journey. I didn’t meet my goal (well, I made some short films here and there, but not to the scale I imagined), but I got a result.

Of course, it is nice to have lofty goals. We all want to be world class, but it is not the goals we should strive for, but rather the results. Results are experiences. Results can be analyzed. Results can be adjusted.

Goals don’t need to be far beyond the horizon. Goals can be the steps you take each day — and the footprints are the results.

It is not better to do nothing and get no results, because as long as you do something, you ARE getting results. You might not be hitting your ultimate goal… but you are getting results, because you have created achievable goals. And they deserve to be celebrated.

Results are evidence that you have selected the right goal. Nobody knows what area in life they will succeed in. The only way to find out is to experiment and gather results.

What are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear from you.

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Warren Buffett’s 5/25 Rule and the Power of Pairing Your Goals

Warren Buffett, the investor — you know him — had given advice to his personal airplane pilot, Mike Flint, once. He told Flint to come up with a list of 25 things he wanted to accomplish in his career.

Flint went off to do that and came back with his list of 25 goals. Buffett told him to circle his top five and put those into Group A and then circle the bottom 20 and put them into Group B. In this, Flint thought, okay… well, Group A will be my primary focus and Group B will be pursuits I take on during my spare time.

No. Group B must be avoided at all cost, Buffett told him. Flint mustn’t touch any of those tasks until he was to finish all his goals from Group A. That was his advice and you can absolutely use it too.

It’s hard to argue against Buffett. He is, after all, one of the most successful investors in the world.

However, as a creative, you get to blend your goals together. Such as writing and video creation, like when I daily vlogged my NaNoWriMo experience.

Something that was number 18 on your list might be the spark or the muse to help you accomplish your number 2 task.

Let’s say my #2 goal is to be a published writer, I want to write a book and my #18 goal is to become a beer judge. Well, why don’t I use my skills as a writer to write about beer tasting? Why don’t I research about beer, review beer, and go on beer tours and write about all of it? These two goals overlap and end up propelling each other. I can, of course, write about something not on my top 25 list, but why not kill two birds, right?

If you can find ways to pair your goals, you will be constantly inspired and get a more varietal creative life. In order to be great at one thing, you’ll need to have skills and understanding in many other areas. Golfing is more than just putting, it’s driving, it’s wedging the ball out of the bunker or staying mentally focused as well as physically in shape.

If you can pair your goals together and find an interesting relation, then each goal is supported like walking, where one leg holds steady as the other lifts forward. The two goals, as you make progress, pushes each other in the direction of an ultimate goal — and that ultimate goal is your fulfillment.

Go ahead, write out your 25 top goals for your life, and then, see which ones from your top five can be linked with any of the other 20.

To me, the one that can be linked to most of the others are the ones you should pursue. It might not always be the fastest path to success, but this way, you get the most bang for your buck, this way, you might just get to indulge in the buffet of life.

If you like this article, you might like this one as well: Little Bets: How I Make Decisions Without Feeling Stressed

Unhaggle | How to Measure Your Performance and Gain More Success in Life

Researched and Ghostwritten by Elliot Chan for| April 09, 2014 |


There are many ways to measure success in life: By the money we have, the people we love, the accomplishments we’ve made or even the car in our garage. If you have a Lexus, then maybe you’ve achieved something! Every person defines success differently, but what matters is that we continue progressing, striving to be better.

It’s human nature to become complacent over time, but our laziness can be tamed. Different stages in life yield different results for success. So, whether we want to improve our career, marriage, academics or simple social skills such as haggling, we can achieve it all with a bit of planning, a few progressive implementations and of course, proper evaluations.

Here are a few steps to get your started on your way to success, whatever and wherever it may be.

Set Key Goals for Yourself

Because we all have different values, it’s hard to determine what success means from person to person. Take this hypothetical example: would a middle age, unmarried CEO be considered more successful than a newly-wed entering the job market? Maybe… maybe not.

Before we can become successful, we must understand our own values. These pillars of success are often associated with personal life, health, finance, etc. So, we ask ourselves what our dreams and aspirations are? Once we’ve decided on what we want, we can begin setting goals.

Focus on both the big picture and the small picture. If the long-term goal is to have a high-paying job, drive a Jaguar and have a happy relationship, then the short-term goal must be to develop a skillset, apply for work and get your butt out and meet someone. Small achievable goals will keep your morale high, while the larger achievements such as graduation, promotions and first dates can be inspirational and motivating.

Make a list, prioritize and stay true to what you want. Picking your battle is the first step to success.

Create Deadlines for Yourself

Now that you have your goals in mind, be sure to set some deadlines—after all, life is short.

Every once in a while, you’ll step into an interview or be caught in a conversation where someone will ask you what your five-year goal is. You should always be prepared for the answer; after all, nobody else can answer it for you.

Carrying on with the relatable example of being rich and loved: You have recognized that you need a skill set, therefore you must get an education. Say to yourself, “In five years time, I’ll be graduated from an institution with hireable qualities. A year later, I’ll get an entry level job. After putting in a few more years, I’ll climb the ladder to upper management. In 10 years time, I’ll be able to afford that luxury vehicle I wanted.”

Give it a try. Create your own deadlines. And take care of yourself in the future, as well as the present.

List Your Accomplishments

After you have put some focus on your tomorrow, be sure to take some time to remember the yesterdays.

For each milestone reached, you should reward yourself—celebrate! Take a break to look back at how far you’ve come and assess everything, including your follies and what you’ve learned from them. Be honest with yourself and recognize the errors as well as your triumphs.

Share these momentous occasions with supporters and peers. They understand where you’re coming from and they are cheering for you to get where you are going. In other words, they are your little fan club. If they were there for you during the rough times, be sure to invite them to the good times. It doesn’t have to be a big elaborate ceremony in your honour. A nice dinner at home or a night out at the bar will absolutely suffice… for now.

Remember that life is like a mosaic. You’ll lay some dark pieces and some bright pieces in a seemingly random fashion, but be sure to step back occasionally and see your progress.

Always Plan for Success

Before the big game, athletes are taught to visualize success. The same positive thinking can be implemented in all sorts of situations—it doesn’t have to be sport-related.

Imagine yourself doing well in an exam, an interview or a date and it’ll give you confidence to do so. The possibility of failure hasn’t changed, but your mindset has.

Alternatively, to visualize failure is to demoralize. It’ll zap all your energy and leave you weak when comes time to perform. So, always plan for success! The reason you set goals for yourself is because you’re aiming to achieve them, not so they can knock you down and defeat you.

You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it many times—and I guess you’ll hear it from me again: As long as you’re persistent, then you’re well on your way to success. You’ve set your goals, you’ve made deadlines and you’ve taken the time to appreciate your journey, and not just the destination. So, with all that being said, it’ll be a matter of time before you’re riding off into the sunset in your sleek new car.