The Effectiveness Filter is the lens I often view people through.
Rather than getting caught up in whether they are a good person or a bad person, I prefer to base my opinions on how effective they are at what they do.
The reason I typically don’t view people based on morality is that no one is good or bad.
We are all a combination of good and bad characteristics — all of which are completely subjective to the beholder.
Plus, morality is too easy to fake. The morality filter isn’t reliable.
People will talk your head off about their intentions…
But what results do they create?
Effectiveness Reveals Character
A person’s effectiveness often reveals their truest character.
Anyone can put on a fake smile and act nice to your face — but fewer people will go out of their way to do something nice for you.
Action produces results. Not words.
Effectiveness relies on action and you can learn everything you need to know about someone by watching what they actually do.
Now, of course, there will be people who are extremely effective at what they do, despite being an otherwise terrible person.
However, you’ll find that the world is far more forgiving of assholes who produce great results than they are of assholes who are ineffective.
Whether you tolerate a person’s bad qualities to reap the benefits of their effectiveness is your decision.
I’m simply making the point that you’ll find it easier to make those decisions through The Effectiveness Filter.
The Mindset of an Employer
If you’ve ever been in the position of an employer, whether you own a business or you’ve hired and managed people, you know how important effectiveness is.
It’s amazing how the nicest people can be so lazy and ineffective at their job. It makes you wonder — are they really that nice?
If they were a nice person, they’d be nice enough to produce quality work in return for a steady paycheck.
Being an employer will harden your heart to average people and soften your heart to effective people.
You will disdain the ineffective and adore the effective.
You want to start thinking like an employer and start viewing your life as your business.
Other people are going to either work for you or work with you as business partners to accomplish what you want in life.
For example, as an employer, how would you assess the performance of your friends?
Picture one particular friend and ask yourself the following questions:
- Do they give you good vibes?
- Do they energize and inspire you?
- Do they bring out the best in you?
- Are they loyal to you?
- Do you feel better or worse after spending time with them?
If your friend doesn’t make you better and they aren’t enjoyable to be around, they are not effective at being a friend.
After all, what are friends for? To drag you down, hold you back, and use you?
Collect the data and move on.
Learn From Effectiveness
Instinctively, we all know how to be a good person.
We might need to learn the customs and traditions of a different culture, but in general, being a good person basically comes down to treating others with respect, being honest, etc.
Looking through the morality filter, we don’t stand to learn much from others.
On the other hand, The Effectiveness Filter teaches us valuable information.
When we figure out how others are effective at what they — as an athlete, as an artist, as a leader, as a partner, etc. — we learn how to be more effective ourselves.
We learn the skills, tactics, habits, mindsets, tools, strategies, ideas, and lucky breaks others used to succeed — the things we can use in our own pursuit of greatness.
The Effectiveness Filter is a learning tool, and perhaps the most valuable learning tool you have at your disposal.
If you want to always be learning, you have to always view the world through The Effectiveness Filter.
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