There’s a big difference between the process and the event.

An event is the homecoming, the large, headline-worthy spectacle. “Man loses 200 lbs!” “awesomewebsite.com sells for $5 billion!” “High school dropout goes pro with $100 million contract!”

The event often disillusions outsiders. It causes onlookers to make comments, “Oh, that guy got lucky,” “Look at him, he had it made,” “He had it so easy, it was basically handed to him.”

Do you see anything wrong with this picture? Attention-grabbing headlines are events, and we are so wrapped up in our expectations for instant gratification, that we forget about the process.

There’s a process for everything.

Big changes are never made instantly. You can’t be a couch potato all your life, decide you want to be a power lifter, and then suddenly become one. It just doesn’t work that way.

The process is what a person goes through to arrive at the event. It’s the dedication despite long hours, endless reps, hundreds of cold calls, long nights, and hard work… the hard work that goes into anything of extreme value and worth.

Ask an award-winning body builder, a wealthy entrepreneur, or a pro ball player about his or her success.

Was it a simple decision that gave them instant success? No. The decision caused them to start. The decision was the catalyst of that process, of taking small but calculated steps toward a desired outcome.

Small, calculated steps lead to miniature successes, and a string of successes combined with consistent action creates the momentum that garners large, attention-grabbing events.

An event is the end-result

…the fruits of labor, the product of months and years of behind-the-scenes work that rarely ever shares the spotlight.

People see the successful entrepreneur in his present state, they don’t see the years of sleepless nights he spent building his business. People see the untouchable pro ball player, not the grueling routine of hours-long drills on the field. People see the guy who lost 200 lbs. They forget about what he went through just to get there.

I have no idea where you are on your journey. Maybe you’re just beginning, or perhaps you’re gaining momentum but you’re still unsure of your path.

Don’t be blinded by the end results; don’t fool yourself into thinking it’s out of reach. Just keep collecting those small wins.

Resist that extra helping and win. Exert portion control and win. Keep putting your running shoes on, keep showing up at the gym.

Just go.

Those small steps are the process. And that consistency and dedication to the process is what leads you to the event, the ultimate end result you desire. Make the decision, commit to it, and get to work.

PUBLISHED April 14, 2011


Barron is the Founding Editor of Effortless Gent and the Cladright Association. He's from San Francisco but currently living in New York. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr.



  • Ian

    It’s SO cool and rewarding when those small steps start to add up to results. Thanks for this!

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      Definitely. It can take a bit of persistence but eventually the work pays off.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jttabencki JohnThomas Tabencki

    Agreed. Great post. It’s not about the destination, it’s all about the journey. I found this quote the other day that sums it all pretty well:
    “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”
    ~ Calvin Coolidge

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      JT, great quote! Really does sum it up nicely.