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Connor Dickie

Queen's University Kingston Ontario

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Is getting better than having?

Hello everyone, I'm new here.

With all the high-achievers here in the TED community I'm sure many of you will have an opinion on this question; is getting better than having?

By this I mean the act of working towards a goal being more enjoyable than achieving the goal itself.

Personally I prefer the time spent leading up to an achievement rather than the achievement itself. I notice both in myself and in my peers a certain temporary depression that follows the completion of a large project. Regardless of this post-project depression, it's the excitement and wonder of the chase/search that is for me the element that makes projects enjoyable.


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  • May 16 2011: I love the journey. Early in my life, I was so fixated on completing the goal that I missed the opportunity to enjoy the process of getting there.

    These days, I value the journey, even when it's a hard road (as it has been as a small business owner in the tough economy). I feel fortunate that I can suffer negative situations with some levity, because in the context of a much bigger journey they are just bumps along the way. The strength of that is always there to draw from.

    I'm with you Connor, just getting something without earning it has little to no meaning to me at all.

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