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There is a huge problem these days where we are confusing what we feel is the end with what is actually the means towards another ending. Let me give you an example. We spend money on a toy to make our child happy on their birthday. Lets take a football in this case. The football is not the end though, what happens with the football afterwards is the result. In other words the game he plays with you or his friends with that toy is what defines the purpose of this means (the football). 

Your parents are getting old and bored , so you decide to gift them a large TV and equip it with a full entertainment channel package. Once again the material gift is not final until you spend some time watching a show or two with them, creating in this way a bond between you and your parents through this TV. 

If your boss rewarded you with a single VIP free ticket to an important sports game, you will probably think straight away of who to go with? However, you only have one ticket! The sports game is the means to an end, but the end cannot occur without having someone to go to the game with correct? So this ticket is worthless unless you sell it and purchase 2 cheaper tickets, after which your end is closer! 

We think material happiness is the end and the time spent solving a problem is the means. It’s actually the other way round! You attain experience, wisdom, satisfaction from the time you invest on something (an end result). Money is spent and disappears after the next gadget catches your eye on the market! 

The Nokia phone you used in the 90s has precious memories attached to it (SMS , calls with friends , ring tone nostalgia). However you probably have no memory of how much you actually spent on it and more importantly the phone itself now just sits in some drawer.  

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