Never Forget the Difference Between a Process And an Event

Falcon 1 successfully launched on 28 September 2008 and became the first privately developed launch vehicle to go into the orbit – this is what I call an event.

SpaceX’s persistence, 3 consecutive launch failures, disappointment, good culture, hard work, and dedication – this is what I call a process.

Most of the times, we are fed with events. Go to the google news, watch TV,  or listen to people bragging. This is something which can potentially be harmful as long as we are not conscious of the fact that underneath every “event”, there is a process which has to be followed. The problem is that we are quite a bit brainwashed thinking that life is just about luck which gets us to the event.

Want to achieve good things in life? Study the process of successful people. Break down their habits, learn from their failures, pay attention to what they had to sacrifice, observe their hard work and be aware of the dedication, but also the disappointment they had to go through. This is why I am fond of reading autobiographies/biographies.

I am not that kind of person who does not believe in luck. I think luck plays a big part but I also believe that with the right process, you can make your own luck. In a way, luck is something that you can’t control so just accept it as it is and work on the things you can control.

Not being lazy, being dedicated, being hard working, being disciplined, having good habits, being persistent, educating yourself, being positive, being optimistic, not judging or criticizing people with the intention to hurt, being honest, being patient, having integrity, being nice to people who deserve it based on your values, and conquering your fears ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU CAN CONTROL.

The takeaway: the difference between a process and an event 

So start working on it and remember the difference between a process and an event. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that successful people are successful because they were “just” lucky.

Improve things that are in your control. Accept things which you can not change.

Finally, I want to share with you a youtube video which inspired me to write this blog post. It’s Warren Buffett giving advice to high school students.

Daniel Pelnar

Hey, I am the founder of GrowthTotem.com. If you would like to contact me, tweet me @DanielPelnar or drop a comment below for this specific article. I wish you happy reading. ^_^

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