Being short-sighted about your goals is not necessarily a bad thing

Kachi Eloka
2 min readApr 7, 2022



Let me explain.

Imagine you’re an artist and your ultimate goal is to win a Grammy.

If you’re new to the game, you’ll probably have to set your sights on releasing your first single or EP, then signing with a credible record label that will get you in front of the right audiences and help you grow your fanbase.

If you’re more established, then you‘ll probably be focused on getting featured by bigger artists, securing international collaborations, identifying influential connections and fraternizing with Grammy members and labels.

Every day, you wake up with your big dream in mind, but you focus on the daily grind.

So, what exactly does this have to do with short-sightedness?

Well, you know how people typically expect you to always have a long-term view of your life. They’ll ask you questions like “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”, etc.

Those questions, although not irrelevant, are quite unnecessary. The future is not exactly the priority. What is, is the next step that will get you closer to the desired future.

Yes, think big, but remain short-sighted.

This short-sightedness manifests in a manner that has you focusing instead, on where you see yourself at the end of the month or at the end of the week, and it even gets shorter.

Short term prosperity

Regardless of how big your big picture is or how far into the future your long-term goals stretch, I’ll strongly argue that the most important thing right now is what’s in front of you.

You need to exercise that short-sightedness and focus on the immediate present, not because you’re not thinking about what’s further down the road, but because it’s only by accomplishing this small near-sighted goal that you get closer to your much grander goal.

“How you spend your days is how you spend your life.”

I think that while we place our future on a pedestal, we must prioritize our daily life and keep the here-and-now at the forefront of our minds. This is the kind of short-sightedness that will always work in our favour.

Correct me if I’m wrong.