A means to an end. Why does this phrase always seem to get a bad rap? I often hear it applied negatively to justify an undesirable. For example, “I had to drop that person from the team. It was a means to an end.” The end justifies the means is another way of saying the same thing, again often excusing the doer from an otherwise unwise or unkind action.
Today, I came across an Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast that succinctly described purpose as a means to an end. In fact, Stanley says that if you are not prepared to be a means to an end, then you are not prepared to live in purpose (paraphrase). I’ve never heard purpose described this way. The podcast is short and sweet, but may be the answer you have been waiting for. What is purpose?
Listen in and let me know your thoughts. It could prove a worthy discussion.