a=e3: emergencies, efficiency, and effectiveness create achievement

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Achievement is mostly a mix of three entities: emergencies, which reveal our priority; efficiency, which optimizes our efforts; and effectiveness, which sets us in the right direction.

Often, people’s biggest decisions that inadvertently turn out to be correct and the following successes come about when they are put in a “no-option” situation that creates an emergency for them to act and take a risk. They are pushed into a situation where new alternatives demand attention and creative options suddenly seem viable.

While most times, such situations are created externally, occasionally these emergencies are created by individuals, which forces them to take initiative. For example, many big companies were created when the founders created the urgency for themselves. With no income source and nothing to look back upon they had to make things work, and their hunger and desire to succeed made them make the decision. Hence, it can pay off to create your own mental emergency and take a risk.

Furthermore, not everyone will understand your reason for action. If you create your own emergency to do something different, there will be people who will wonder why you chose to take action. Nonetheless important decisions should be taken only after evaluating all possibilities, consequences, a transition process, and all possible next steps.

Out of the box thinking is key. At a large manufacturing set up there was a need for a service engineer, as the organization could not get the assembly line operational. The equipment manufacturer had given up and could not solve the problem. They finally got one of the service companies to send in their expert, and after some looking around he tapped the equipment gears and the assembly line was back to life. When he sent his invoice, the company was surprised to find that he charged an incredibly high fee for the small service. They asked for an invoice, and he had cleverly written that while his travel expenses were only a small part of his service, knowing how to work the equipment was the remainder of the fee.  His expertise and creativity were what got the job done. This service engineer was not necessarily efficient but he was effective. Just like the smart engineer, we need to know what to do, what should be given priority and the time and place to do it.

In the end, emergencies reveal our priority, efficiency optimizes our effort, and effectiveness guides us to the right direction; and a combination of these three factors creates achievement that is realized by the attitude we have.

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