Does the output equal our input?


Filip Orth
Student at Santa Clara University, Freelancer
Bratislava, Slovakia

We are all trying to act most effectively today. Doing things really well and at the same time in the simplest way is connected to how much we put into it. And I am not necessarily talking about finances.

Everything that ends with a certain output requires an input. As a rule, the result depends on what we did to achieve it.
That brings up a question whether it is worth doing something if people will not appreciate it or when the result is not immediately visible. In other words, is it only about quantity or does quality matter, too?

We have to remember that many really incredible and amazing discoveries or movements in the history were not supported by mainstream. Eventually they became ground-breaking. Think just about sending a human to space or manufacturing cars and planes.
From a financial perspective, take the 1920s, the ‘roaring twenties’. Everything was produced with regard to beauty and something more than just bare function.

We can change the input and that brings changes in the output; but the transformation of the input itself will also impact the end result. One company might want to reach the same result by copying another company but the final product will be different because of the method.
Our whole world is primed in a way that we want to get out more than we put in. Or if not more that at least we aim to distribute the inputs effectively so that the result makes economical or any other sense. We always want to bring our added value into the process. An individual added value as a service or a global value where the whole group adds value based on complicated processes and education (for example, in the form of a car production).

We can compare input and output with the action and reaction principle. Both are caused by something else and mutually interconnected.
We understand that not all services and products have balanced input and result. Usually we watch for the economic return, but the exceptions think in terms of quality. When we focus on quality, quantity becomes less important and we accept the need for a bigger input. Sometimes the production and development process itself cannot be made more effective which applies in less quantifiable results, aesthetic ones or in special computations.

What are we really looking for? The content of the particular output in regard to our input?

People naturally fear change, sometimes it is necessary to show them the right way as companies’ representatives do. It is in these moments that it becomes important to notice what role do inputs and outputs play and how important is the difference between them. In this case, it is not viewed quantitatively, but more in the context of success.

Each one of us in this world has certain gifts and an ‘added value’ that we can bring into the society. It depends on the individual if they do so. Then it is up to others to appreciate it by using the contribution.

It is an opportunity wasted if a person does not develop their potential and talent. From a long-term perspective it would also effectively impact the output in relation to the input.

Although we mostly see output as a quantitative result, can we also define it as an opinion, an answer or a milestone? When we are in education since childhood, which is actually our input that we later transform into work, we expect an adequate output. It is up to us how skillfully we will bring our added value into reality.


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