What drives success: the goal or the process?

  • February 21, 2014 · 5:30 PM
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Ever since we were kids we've had it drilled into us that successful people have goals. Is that true? What happens if you focus on the goal? Does focusing on the process improve your chances of attaining the goal or does it make you run down "rabbit trails"?

Heavy stuff to consider as we set personal goals to taste many noms from this new burger joint's menu, and enjoy the process of eating all the things. (FYI - arrive before 6pm if you want happy hour pricing!)

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  • Justin E.

    Thank you, Lauren and Scott, for organizing this outing. I enjoyed meeting some of the other Ideas & Booze members and chatting about goals, process, Rodney Allen Rippy, woodworking, ancient baghdad wizards, hiking Mount Doom, transit engineering and programmable internet-connected appliances (among other things). The consensus at my table seemed to be that the process drives success — that actual work involved with furthering, fine-tuning and crafting one’s efforts towards one’s goal. Otherwise the goal is just a pipe dream. Or, in Tipsy Cow vernacular, a bum steer.

    February 22, 2014

  • Scott B.

    I suspect the cow will not be the only tipsy creature.

    1 · February 17, 2014

    • Scott B.

      booooooo mooooooooo

      February 21, 2014

    • Justin E.

      I’m having a change of heart about the tipping of cows, especially blind cows. There’s something in my eye. I think it was the onion rings… http://youtu.be/A5X7I...­

      February 22, 2014

  • Kevin C.

    Can't do this week unfortunately. Absolutely exhausted from preparing for a new product launch.

    February 21, 2014

    • Lauren H.

      I GUESS that's one excuse. ;) See you next time!

      February 21, 2014

  • Lauren H.

    OK, so, I talked with the restaurant and they said if we have more than 6 attending at 5:30 or later they probably won't be able to seat us all together. I could get there earlier but the best we could do are two tables of six somewhat close to each other. (The tables are fixed to the ground, you see. I had no idea. Doh.)

    Informal poll: would you guys rather keep the meetup here and have the group split up, or would you prefer to move it to one of our old haunts nearby where we'll get seated together?

    February 21, 2014

    • Justin E.

      That’s so funny to me that the tables are bolted to the ground at the Tipsy Cow. I’ll see you all there.

      1 · February 21, 2014

    • Lauren H.

      Switch the tipping to the servers! I like that.

      Excited to FINALLY meet you, Justin!

      February 21, 2014

  • Elaine

    There was a recent article in one of my favorite newsletters about goal setting:
    Stop Making Plans: How Goal-Setting Limits Rather Than Begets Our Happiness and Success
    http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/02/05/oliver-burkeman-antidote-plans-uncertainty/

    2 · February 17, 2014

    • Lauren H.

      Great find, Elaine! And here's the article that got me thinking about process vs. goals. Spoiler: now you know where I stand on it.

      http://www.businessin...­

      February 17, 2014

  • Devin M.

    Oops, I was looking forward to this after missing last time, but we'll be out of town this weekend.

    1 · February 17, 2014

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