Where is your “why”?

Purnima Varadrajan-linkedinPeople can be grouped in various ways.  Race,  religion, interests.. etc. etc.  I dont intent to touch any of those.. interestingly there is a grouping which goes unnoticed.  The “why” people and the “how” people.   Of course both are interlinked but which comes first matters.  Everybody knows “what” they do 100%. Some know how they do it. But very very few people or organizations know WHY they do it.  (Why => How=>  What =>The Golden Circle)

The ‘why’ people actually are the masters, they are the questioning intellectuals.  They question reality, the doubt routine, they go against normalcy…   The clan called entrepreneurs belong to this group of people.

On the other hand the ‘how’ people are followers.. look around there will be plenty.  They will do or act for temporary  results or without much thoughts of future.  They are the doing people.   Giving up half way happens mostly with these people as they do not know or think “why” they are into it.   People  who give up at the first little tremor, mildest storm belong to this group.

But it is the ‘why’ people who interest me.   All these days i was with an assumption that the ‘why’ people generally succeed, move on, have a vision etc.  But lately it has dawned that the success of the ‘Why’ people actually lies in the fact “where is the why”.

Lets take a scenario, there is a set back in the business, you can handle it two ways..

One…ask oneself “why should I come out of the setback quickly”  “why I should move on”  “why i need more focus” “why I need better vision of future”   then follows the “how to” aspects.  This group of people feed their vision and starve their fears or doubts.

But the other kind of ‘why’  people get into “why this happened to me”  “why ME ?” “why again”  “why i did not take precautions”   “why did i trust”  this keeps them in the ‘why’ zone and moving to ‘how” gets delayed or next to impossible.   This group of people feed their fears and doubts forgetting their vision.

Closely observing we can notice the first group of ‘why’ people have their ‘why’ in the future while the other group have their ‘why’s in the past.

So actually it is so very critical to do a check on where the ‘why’ is..

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8 thoughts on “Where is your “why”?

  1. yes. its imp to identify the position of the why and helps in keeping the inner circle for the organisation. good article

  2. As they say if you know the HOW you’ve got a job but if you know the WHY you could be the boss. The How and WHY are what differentiate Education from Training. Training is about the HOW and Education is about the HOW and WHY. Unfortunately most mainline education systems teach people the HOW and not the WHY and thus turn humans into monkeys.

  3. A thinking human’s tool kit must contain the six Ws and one H, with which there is not a question one cannot ask.

    What comes first followed by
    Why,
    When,
    Where,
    Which,
    Who and then lastly and lastly only
    How

    Good trouble shooters and seasoned detectives, surely Sherlock Holmes and his ilk and perhaps even Lord Siva relied on this powerful basket of questions.

    “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” NT Mathew 7.7. The problem is that we have not been taught How (repeat HOW) to ask the right question and that where the six Ws come into play:

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  5. Reblogged this on My Mind's Eye and commented:

    The “why” people and the “how” people. Of course both are interlinked but which comes first matters. Everybody knows “what” they do 100%. Some know how they do it. But very very few people or organizations know WHY they do it. (Why => How=> What =>The Golden Circle)

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