What you accomplish is less important than how you accomplish it.
Our Reward System is a Mess.
In our world today, we are rewarded and revered for What we accomplish. But I believe the world has it all wrong.
Follow me as we scrutinize our lonely metric of empire building, wealth generation and conquest oriented success system.
The What of your life is easy to size-up.
- You built a consulting practice from scratch.
- You stood up a software company.
- You made partner in your firm.
- Your book sold a gazillion copies.
- You started a non-profit for orphans in Swaziland.
- You run a Fortune 1000 company.
But How you went about your What is only evaluated after you are gone.
If you are one of the greats, the How of your life will be detailed in a PBS documentary or New York Times best seller.
Most of us will not be personified in film and print after we are gone.
What will the lasting effect of your How be?
North Korea and the United States both maintain peace in their countries.
How this is accomplished evokes condemnation and admiration.
Which will change history for good?
Who would you follow?
Will The Apprentice reruns be played throughout every home in America fifty years from now?
A forefront example is Steve Jobs.
His What was on the cover of magazines affirming our beliefs about greatness and genius.
And now that he is gone, the How of his life is being unpacked.
How he erected the tower of Apple was not always as worthy of admiration.
Let me suggest to you, What you accomplish fails in comparison to how you accomplish it.
How you navigate life, family, and work is more important than what you accomplish.
Your How is difficult to copy, reproduce or fabricate.
Your How is actually your competitive differentiation, your special sauce, your art.
When you fuse What and How together it’s like the joining of atomic particles.
You engage a mushroom cloud of power, influence and goodness.
Disregarding one or the other will leave you in want eventually.
Focus on your How today.