Effective

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Definitions: (1) producing a definite, decisive, or desired result; (2) in effect; operative; active(3) making a striking impression

Synonyms: conclusive, convincing, forcible, influential, potent

Note: Effective versus Efficient: Effective is used regarding the accomplishment of things; getting something done no matter if it’s done efficiently or not. Efficient means getting things done with the least amount of effort and time.

Consequential Quality: Self-efficacy: (1) To believe in one’s own abilities to accomplish a goal; (2) the aptitude to deal with the stresses involved in facing specific difficulties; (3) understanding and accurately judging the inherent risks of an objective

People Who Exemplify This Quality: rock climbers

Quote:

Just think of the advantage that the first warmblooded mammal would have had at night, all the reptiles cooled down to somnolence unable to defend themselves. And all because of an abnormally inefficient animal (by coldblooded standards!) that wasted energy by metabolizing food when it wasn’t needed for movement. But this kept body temperature up and so the animal was pleasantly surprised by all the sleepy prey he encountered, which more than made up for all the wasted energy. The next time that you hear an evolutionary argument based on efficiency, remember those profligate warmblooded animals.

— William H. Calvin (1939 – ) The River That Flows Uphill