I’ve realized this a long time ago. Although I don’t like it, but I have to say, the actual effect to some matter is more important than the actual outcome.
I used to aim for the outcome. From the preparation, the process and how do I finish them. For instance, people only care about test scores, because that is the only thing that everyone else cares. Soon, I started to realize the process is more important. As a computer science major student, the skill level of reading documentations matters how successful we could adapt to any kind of new programming language environment or software programming tools. There is no other way of practicing how to read those documentations, so I started to build up skills by carefully digest everything I saw, while periodically rethink what I could do in order to help me to get better understandings.
But now, I started to realize sometimes we also need a hint of decoration beyond our outcome. Taking lecture as an example. According to the readings I have done, we are supposed to adapt to their conditions in order to deliver those presentations that they will prefer to hear. This will boost our talking power without alternating the content our speech. Although I never tried this, but I used to do similar things more or less. Studying in RPI for two years, the presentations in front of all students in a classroom is always a pain for me. It is not because of my nervousness, but I was worried about how many people in the room will actually listen. Maybe I was getting a little successful already, because my humorous speech always attracts a lot of students’ attention.