A shovel in itself is a useless thing – you need a hole. The means helps you reach the end, but the means is not the end. In life, everyone is often busy doing what they’re doing and they lose sight of the agreed-upon goal.
It gets especially difficult and confusing when the means becomes a goal in itself. If you’re chairing a meeting, for example, it’s wise to ask yourself why you convened in the first place. Non-work activities can be fun, but they don’t lead to results.