It’s About the Process

I was listening to a Financial Mentor podcast recently. (I’m remorseful that I can’t link the exact episode because I can’t remember which episode it was.) The guest – as well as the host Todd Tresidder – were in agreement about the importance of the process – and not the end goal. (For Todd, the process is about building wealth.) And I couldn’t agree more about the importance of the process. That’s because focusing on the process ultimately gets to you the goal. It’s the process – and stubbornly sticking to that process – that matters.

I’ll Be Speaking at FPA Nationals

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at the national annual conference of the Financial Planning Association (FPA). This was the result of submitting a paper for consideration to present. I submitted the paper for consideration early this year, and was picked as one of the event’s speakers today.

Of course, this wasn’t the first time I submitted a paper for presentation. I did so last year too. But, last year’s submission didn’t qualify me as a speaker. (The content of last year’s paper just didn’t cut it. Although a longer version was ultimately published in the FPA’s Journal of Financial Planning.) And while that sucked – to put a lot of work into something that didn’t pan out – that failure didn’t let deter me from the goal of being a nationally-renowned financial planning nerd. I just kept at it.

In fact, I was even a little surprised that this year’s paper got picked – and unanimously by the peer-reviewers at that! I was surprised because my intention was to keep re-submitting a paper for consideration – stubbornly year-after-year – until my papers got good enough for presentation. I didn’t imagine that I would get selected in the second year of this process!

It’s About the Process

It’s the same thing for jiu-jitsu. It’s the process that’s important; if you stick to the process, you’ll get the end result you’re working towards.