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I wish to express within a word or two an attitude or way of living that sacrifices for the foreseeable future and strives to reap better long-term rewards at the expense of short(er)-term effort. This attitude emphasises purposeful living, looking towards the future and (sort-of) favours delayed gratification. I guess the biggest emphasis is one of improving, investing in and preparing for the future, not the sacrificial part. I do not mind single word or phrase suggestions, I'm trying to get a best fit.

Intended sentence: "It is also of interesting sociological note that what X interprets as the best attitude towards living is one of purposeful creativity and ..." I am unsure whether or not I will retain the "purposeful creativity" if I get better words for the sentence.

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See prudence, defined by Oxford dictionary as

Acting with or showing care and thought for the future.

Note that this word doesn't carry the connotations of any sort of sacrifice but naming a sacrifice as prudence is alright.

Another option similar to prudence in use is far-sightedness, defined by Oxford dictionary as

Showing a prudent awareness of future possibilities.

  • Hmm, I think prudent leans a bit too much towards 'careful' ? I got foresight off of your far-sightedness, though. Thanks. – HsMjstyMstdn Apr 16 '17 at 3:46

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