Otherwise Known As – Math that always works in our favor and/or benefit.
Sometimes called “Happy Scenario Math” where we look at the best possible outcome and build everything around the achievement of that outcome.
The problem with Justifiable Math is that it is always skewed in our favor, towards our results, towards our best outcomes while avoiding the criteria which swings it a little more in the other direction, towards where we really need to be. In being skewed it also suffers from short-term views by sacrificing long-term vision for quick wins and gains that are only wins and gains today – three months from now they will be seen as that shortcut we took to achieve a goal that didn’t pan out.
The problem with Justifiable Math – whether it’s personal or work-related – is that it is so seducing because it always works in our favor, never telling us the other half of the story.