Warren Buffett and Mark Zuckerberg process over outcome

“If you do something the right way enough times, you’ll win.”

- Dan Loeb

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Now on to finishing what we started…


Once you start, how do you ensure you finish?

After talking about starting last week, I noticed an interesting trend. I heard a lot of you respond in a similar way: “I don’t start because I’m afraid I’ll lose momentum. I might not finish.”

Sure, nothing is more important than starting.

But once you start, the most import thing quickly becomes “how do we set ourselves up so we can actually finish and succeed?”

The problem is most of us have really screwed up expectations.

We write a book and think it will be an instant bestseller.

We start a blog and think it’ll become the next Zen Habits within the year.

We launch a product and think the world will buy it.

We go on a diet and think we’ll lose 50 lbs right off the bat.

We expect ridiculous outcomes (often in record time) and when we don’t get them, we lose momentum. We give up. We quit.

Believe me, when it comes to misaligned expectations, I’ve been as guilty as any.

But I’ve learned (and continue to learn).

So today I want to share a simple process that has been proven over decades and generations to get real lasting results. A process for successfully finishing what you start.

It starts with a story from Warren Buffett and Mark Zuckerberg…

Every ten years or so the finance world thinks Warren Buffett is an idiot.

It’s usually at a time when some new technology or investment vehicle is dominating news headlines, at the same time that his company, Berkshire Hathaway’s stock market returns are getting beaten by the averages. News stories start popping up everywhere talking about how “he’s lost his edge” or “how the new world is too sophisticated for his old school style.”

Buffett’s response is always the same. It might sound something like “We don’t get caught up in what’s new, shiny or different. We just stick to what’s worked.”

This happened most recently around 2000, during the tech boom. In July of 1999 Buffett took the stage in Sun Valley, Idaho to give the anchor keynote at the Allen & Company conference – arguably the most prestigious business leaders’ summit of the year.

But this year was different than others. The crowd was filled with dozens of overnight tech multimillionaires – most of which were still trying to figure out how the hell they got where they did so damn fast.

Hence, the most successful investor of the past century found himself giving a talk to a crowd that had possibly the most misaligned set of expectations of our lifetime.

His topic was pretty simple (as they typically are): The recent performance of the stock market, and the wildly-high valuations these new tech companies were being given, simply could not last.

Not exactly the message the audience was eagerly awaiting.

When he finished his talk, the newly minted experts brushed it off once again as “the old guy missed the tech boom…Sure, he was the most successful investor of our time, but whatever… This time it’s different.”

Then they flew back to Silicon Valley in their private jets.

Within about a year, the bottom fell out of the market. And most of these people went broke. 

Most the world was seduced by the money being made hand over fist. Most the world didn’t stop to think if it actually made sense.

But for Buffett, it didn’t fit into his process. It didn’t match his checklist. So he passed.

Despite how poor his investing outcome of the past few years had been (especially compared to most tech stocks of the time), he stayed true to his process. Because he knew that a proven process, executed properly, over time produces results. For him, there was no other measure.

Imagine the type of conviction that takes…

For the full story, check out the second chapter of Snowball – amazing few pages!

Then we have Mark.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Process for Changing the World (and handling tough IPO’s)

A couple days after the Facebook IPO earlier this year, a good CEO friend of mine forwarded me an email that Mark Zuckerberg sent to every Facebook employee the night before their company when public. Here’s a short excerpt (I pieced a few different quotes together):

“We don’t build services in order to make money…we make money in order to build better services… Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission–to make the world open and more connected.

“By focusing on our mission and building great services, we believe we will create the most value for our shareholders and partners over the long term.” – Mark Zuckerberg

The gist of his message was simple: We built Facebook to help people, to connect them in new ways. We built it because we loved doing it. We did not build it to become rich. We did not build it to go public.

He reinforced their reason Why. He knew he had no control over what would happen the next morning, the moment their stock started trading on the open market. No one could control that.

But what they could control is staying true to their purpose, regardless of the uncontrollable outcomes they experience along the way.

The fact that the Facebook IPO was one of the worst performing IPO’s of the past ten years, is not Mark’s fault. It’s not Facebook’s fault. If anyone’s at fault, it’s the public for giving them such a rosy valuation.

But none of that is the point.

While I don’t know Mark personally, something tells me that there are things a lot more important to him than what the stock did in the first day, week or year of trading.

Mark cares about changing the world. He cares about executing on a process to further that mission. There is no one who can take that from him. IPO boom or IPO bust, he and his team will keep doing what they believe is consistent with making us all more connected – with making the world better.

Every single day Mark and his team build on that goal – no matter what the outside world says or does. That is what they control. And that is how they measure success.

You can read Mark Zuckerberg’s full letter here – fantastic read!

Do you measure by outcome or process?

This is the one questions that separates world-changers from the average.

Building things can be frustrating. Doing things that truly excite you can be discouraging.

It’s scary, takes massive creativity and when you get started you often feel incredibly far behind. Not to mention, most people try to convince you you’re an idiot.

This leaves us with two ways to operate:

  1. You can either measure yourself by the short-term results you get (and the reactions of others),
  2. Or you can figure out what actions typically lead to the long-term results you want.

You can either focus on the process or the outcome.

Most the world focuses on outcome.

Most the world gets frustrated and gives up as a result.

The key is to focus on the process that is most likely to lead to the outcome you want.

“We enjoy the process far more than the proceeds.”

- Warren Buffett

process over outcome

Most things are out of our control.

That’s a fact. So it’s on us to control the few things we can.

We cannot totally control losing 50 pounds in a year – but we can decide how we eat and exercise. We can choose to run that mile every day. Sooner or later, the weight will be gone.

We cannot control meeting the man or woman of our dreams. But we can decide to go on five dates a week.

We can’t directly control landing our dream job, but you can dedicate yourself to the self-discovery, the searching, and connecting with the right people who will likely lead you to doing work you love.

We cannot control how many products we sell in a month – but we can control our marketing message, how we treat customers and how many sales calls we make.

Last year I had no idea how to launch a product, so I asked people who had successfully done it. Then I followed their step-by-step advice, exactly, in launching How to Live Off Your Passion. The eventual results spoke for themselves. I then wrote them up in the $31k Product Launch Checklist to share with all you (btw, if you find a process that works, please share it :)).

At our investment fund we cannot control, nor predict, what the stock market will do on a daily, monthly or yearly basis – but we can control how we go about choosing the investments and keeping to a process that’s gotten results for the past 100 years.

One of the biggest causes for failure in the investment world is what’s often called “chasing returns” – altering your strategy (or “pivoting” as some like to say) to better fit today’s headlines – exactly what Buffett refused to do in 2000. We built our investment process and checklists based upon the most successful value investors of the past 100 years – Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett, in conjunction with our team of advisors, to be sure we had confidence in a process.

You cannot control how many new subscribers you get in a month – but you can decide to show up and write your very best and most useful content for your readers. And you can decide to write 10 guest articles for other sites.

When I discovered the process that was most consistent with growing a blog (which was writing insanely useful content for this site and others), I wrote over 20 guest posts in a matter of a few months. That was my measure of success. I also have built a habit of writing 500+ words every day no matter what. I can’t control much else. But stringing sentences together – that’s all on me.

Redefine frustration – then welcome it

The problem is you may write those first five or 10 articles, and not see any results. You may invest in the investments exactly according to a proven strategy, and they may go through the floor next week. You may switch from red meat and fried foods to all veggies, and gain weight in the first two weeks.

In fact you probably will.

Making a transition is never easy.

Going against the tide is unbelievably challenging.

You get tested in more ways than you can imagine.

Most any meaningful long-term outcome requires some type of seemingly short-term sacrifice.

But it’s only a sacrifice if you measure yourself on an outward level. Mr. Buffett often talks about his “internal yardstick”. That’s how he measures his success. Not on shallow headlines and pundits’ opinions, but on how well he has stayed true to what he believes is right. That’s how he kept himself from investing in the Yahoo’s of 1999.

When process is your measure, every action consistent with that process is a success. 

Don’t get on a scale every morning. Just start running.

Don’t check the stock market every second. Just do your research.

Don’t check your sales non-stop. Just create valuable things and communicate that to your customers.

Don’t refresh your subscriber and web stats every couple hours (as I used to do). Just do the work you know people need your help with.

What’s the good that can come from it anyway?

One of two things could happen:

1. Your stats are super high, which excites you, but also immediately causes you to either get a little lazy or raise your expectations to unrealistic levels. You also might attribute this short-term success to something you’re doing, when it could be due to something that has nothing to do with your actions.


2. Your stats are lower than expected, which kills your drive and inspiration. You stop creating. You give up. You think you’re failing – then you actually do.

Neither of which helps your situation.

We must stop measuring ourselves by the things we cannot control.

the right process ensures results

3 Steps for Creating a Process that Ensures a Successful Finish

1. Identify your long term goal and be sure it has a “Reason Why” that actually means something to you.

Making money is not an adequate reason. That’s a result. For a refresher, look back at Simon Sinek’s Start with Why work. With the right Why, you can handle most any outward objection. This is what Zuckerberg put across so strongly in his pre-IPO letter.

2. Find a simple process that has been proven to consistently get your desired long-term results.

This is why Live Your Legend puts such a huge focus on surrounding yourself with passionate people and finding the right models. Go out and find someone who has done what you want to do (or something similar). Deconstruct what they did and how they did it. Create a process based on what you learn. For a refresher, reread On Modeling the Impossible and How to Do Anything.

*Very important: You must have complete confidence that the process will yield results over time. If you don’t fully believe in it then you’ll give up at the most crucial times (i.e. sell your best stocks when the market crashes, or stop writing when visitors don’t come beating down your homepage in the first couple months of launch).

The best place to find this confidence is from people who have crushed it in the past. Our investment process came from Mr. Buffett’s work. We believe in it 110%. Having a bad quarter does not change our thinking, as long as we stayed true to the process. And I learned the importance of creating content and guest posting from Leo Babauta and Corbett Barr (and a few others). Then I worked my ass off to do the same. I deeply believe that over time, that’s the work that pays off – no matter how the “numbers” look on any given week.

Commit to a simple process you believe in. Hint: usually it’s the simple ones that actually work.

3. Execute and measure success by what you can control.

Measure every day and every action based on how well you stayed true to the process you believe in. Work your ass off to execute. Surround yourself with people who believe the same – customers and employees alike. Congratulate yourself every time you do something you know is consistent with your long-term vision. I mean every single time. I still put a note of recognition on my calendar every time I publish a blog post.

No matter how big or small the victory, celebrate them all.

Dedication to a process is what moves mountains.

If you have the confidence that your process will yield results, then how well you stick to it is the only thing that should matter or motivate.

Chase the outcome and you’ll either quit early or start acting in a way that will lead to failure.

People will tell you you’re wrong. Let them talk.

If you believe it what you’re doing, you won’t hear them anyway.

Measure what you can control. Embrace the process. The rest will follow.

Once you start, that is the only way to finish.


For the comments: What is your process? What steps do you whole-heartedly believe will lead to results over time? Share them with us. If you don’t have a process yet, get one. Tell us one thing you’ll do today to start establishing that process.

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  • http://www.theaspiringguitarist.net Lukas

    Great article Scott!

    It is so easy to fall into trap of checking web stats every couple hours and then feel frustrated or excited and totally forgetting why you are doing what you are doing.
    As John Wooden said: “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
    I really need to embrace that 500 words per day idea.

    • Scott

      Love that quote Lukas!

      You have got to give the 500 words a shot. Go for one week. Watch what happens. I almost always ended up writing 1k or more. That’s 30k words a week. How quickly could that become your first book??

      • http://www.theaspiringguitarist.net Lukas

        Challenge accepted! Thank you.

        • Scott


      • http://brightlittlesocks.com Iris

        Wait! I’ll do it with you! :)

        • http://www.theaspiringguitarist.net Lukas

          Ok. Join me:-)

  • http://www.ninavucetic.com Nina

    Amazing post Scott… hooked on every word.
    I am about to do my biggest launch ever – and it is about how to do product launches – so this is where i gotta stick to my process, keep it very simple and do what i know works.
    Would love to share my launch process with you if you’re interested – let me know. I have seen your checklist as well and its great…

    Another great example of conviction is the colonel saunders story – im sure you have hear that one right? I should put that post up on my blog actually…

    Thank you for your amazing words Scott – I know the passion it takes, the momentum and actually finishing…


  • http://www.ashotofadrenaline.net Todd Kuslikis

    Thanks so much Scott.

    I am DEFINITELY a “stat checker” and know it’s a waste of time. I totally agree with your two points that you either get lazy because they are high or you get discouraged because they are low.

    Maybe I should set a commitment of only checking them once a month! That would be quite the challenge!


  • Emily

    Scott, I think you’re doing it right. Your blog is so far the only blog that I haven’t quit subscribing to because I know that every time I get a note that you’ve published a new post that it’s going to be top quality.
    On that note, I was especially excited to see the title of this post today in my inbox because finishing has been the most difficult part for me lately. Some people say that the “hardest part is starting” but this summer I’ve been in a funk and have seriously ‘started’ to work towards a few personal goals at least ten times now and have gotten very frustrated. A few of my goals involve dropping a size or two and getting stronger, but so far I haven’t been able to get much further than a couple days in because you’re right, it’s hard to see results right away. I need to have faith in the processes that people have used before. Here’s what I’m going to do:
    1. Eat only when I’m hungry and stop before I’m 80% full.
    2. Drink a glass of water before meals and eat slowly.
    3. Count calories. (I’d rather not but every blogger I’ve read who’s lost weight has done this.)
    4. Be consistent about exercising 5-6 days a week, intervals and strength training. (I’m about to start CrossFit and I know many people have had great results so I’m going to believe in this process.)

    I’ll get back to you on some of my other goals and the progress I’m making with these, Scott. Again, thanks for the amazing content.

    • http://brightlittlesocks.com Iris

      Hey Emilie,

      good luck on your weight loss goal!

      Maybe it would be helpful for you to only choose one role model and copy EXACTLY what she has done. I think that’s much easier than combining different methods even though that can work as well.

      If you don’t like counting calories, there are a lot of other ways to ensure you eat healthy. For example you could go vegetarian, have 80% of your plate be plant based foods, start juicing etc. If that’s not for you either, there are still a lot of other ways!

      Hope this was slightly helpful.


  • http://www.vibrance.ca Caroline

    Another awesome article Scott! This landed right on my weak spot, I’m a quick start and I very rarely finish…anything…ever (which is a good thing) but sometimes it is necessary to keep going. You’re somebody I will gladly take advice because the medium is the message (& vice versa). You offer consistent, well-written and valuable content and I would like to do the same. I’ve got the well-written and valuable part down but the consistent ends up becoming discouraged and giving up (at least temporarily). Deep breath and I take your challenge to keep moving forward. Thanks again for all that you share.

    • http://www.ninavucetic.com Nina

      I can completely relate Caroline. I get shocked and disgusted when I stumble on a 80 page word document that was supposed to be a finished e book, but just did not cross the finish line. I think public announcements and accountability helps a lot. For me its definitely the public announcement and setting a sate to make it real. Then your mind re-groups and focuses on that date and doing whatever needs to be done – because people are waiting!


  • http://www.mylifestylecareer.com Nancy Collamer

    Hi Scott:

    I opened your e-mail planning to skim it and ended up reading every word. Thanks for highlighting such an important message in such an eloquent manner. I just finished writing a book, Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement (Random House, 2013) and the success stories I heard from the people I interviewed also reinforced the importance of focusing on process rather than result. Doesn’t matter if you are twenty six or sixty, the theory holds true.

    Thanks again for this post. I plan on sharing this with my clients and followers. Go post an extra note of recognition on your calendar today — you’ve earned it!

  • http://StrongInsideOut.com Amy

    Such a well-timed post, Scott. Thanks for this.

    I’ve been struggling a bit with my own resistance lately, and I need to remember that all this work may take time to pay off. The important thing is that my Why is solid.

    • http://www.CritterWisdom.com Carmelo

      Hey Amy,

      Great to see you here. Gosh, I know just how you feel but you’re making a difference, it WILL pay off. I absolutely love your website.

      Try that book i mentioned “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. don’t let the title fool you, it’s all about defeating resistance.

      See you around! :-)

  • http://creativemuse365.wordpress.com Cheryl

    Scott, this is one of the most inspiring and actionable posts I’ve ever read! Process over proceed is a brilliant simplification of why our passion possesses more value than any end result. When we focus our time and energy in that space we discover the unquantifiable riches of living our lives filled with purpose and meaning.

  • http://www.kaizenjournaling.com Dolly Garland

    I’m totally guilty of focusing on the outcome. I create processes for various items, and they work. But when it comes to most important things, I always obsess about the result. This post has been like light-bulb moment.

    Why the hell haven’t I focused on process? It sounds so obvious when I read it, because I know it works. Thank you for the inspiration, Scott :-)

  • Fab

    Hi Scott,

    nice article!!

    As far as your praise for Warren Buffett, I agree 100%!!

    As far as the fact that Mark Zuckerberg is a candid soul, I have some serious doubt:

    “EXCLUSIVE: Here’s The Inside Story Of What Happened On The Facebook IPO”


    All the best!


  • Fab

    Apart from that, here is a”Timeless Principle” by Warren Buffett:

    Over the weekend, Buffett also told Berkshire Hathaway shareholders that initial public offerings are almost always bad investments. He says there is so much hype involved that IPOs won’t be the most-attractive value.

    He says investors should be looking for good businesses to buy and trying to determine how those companies will fare in 10 years.”

    further info on:


    All the best!


  • http://SuccessClubIntl.com Steve


    Thanks for the great post. I like your idea about guest posting on other people’s blogs. I also am learning the same concepts you talk about in your blog. Where can I find blogs that I can guest post?

    • http://www.CritterWisdom.com Carmelo

      Hi Steve,

      I might suggest that you google other blogs in your niche. You could also do a facebook search for “your keyword” plus “niche” and you should quickly build a list of blogs if you don’t already know them. There will likely be plenty!

      Then see what kind of article/posts that their readers like the most and if they have guest posters. a little research on the sites will tell you this.

      Then start commenting on those posts and “get to know” the sites’ owner. AFter a bit, you can approach them with a relevant idea but one that hasn’t been covered by them lately.

      That should work! They’ll probably check your writing first but I’m sure you’ll do fine!


  • http://www.facebook.com/PetaloudaAthletica Stephanie Rogers

    I always love your posts. This one is one of my favorites so far and came at just the right time for me! Like some of the other people who posted comments, I was going to do a quick skim of the email while eating lunch and then found myself riveted to every word! I’m in the process of kicking off a new business to manufacture fun and fashionable athletic wear for curvy women. I’ve been wanting to start a blog for ages and finally today I clicked through your link and finally bought Corbett’s course for starting a blog that matters. I can’t wait to get started and look forward to more inspiration from you! Thanks for all you do!

    • Scott

      Congrats on taking the next big step Stephanie. I have a feeling you will be pleasantly blown away by the level at which Corbett delivers in that course. So excited to hear what you learn!

      Btw, I’m pretty sure I read about your new business in our Reader Spotlights, right? Love it!

    • http://www.ashotofadrenaline.net Todd

      Good luck with the blog launch Stephanie. I went through Corbett’s course 7 months ago and it is AWESOME!! You will not be dissapointed. :)


  • http://www.psycholocrazy.com Jamie

    One of the best in depth posts I’ve read in a long time. I had trouble in the past of focusing too much on the end game and not enough on the process. It doesn’t matter what area you focus on, everything relies on the present. Every relationship is a day by day process. Every work of art is a step by step process.

    You’re right, you can’t predict the outcome but you can do everything you can possibly do today to ensure you give yourself the best possible chance!

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  • http://brightlittlesocks.com Iris

    Hey Scott,

    I don’t even know where to start… I’ve read this post a couple of hours ago and since than I’ve been reading the links you’ve provided and got lost in some massive action. Now I’m back to quickly say “thank you” before I go on to finish the 1000+ words blog post I’ve started today (my first one ever actually).
    So without further ado: THANK YOU!



  • Stephen

    Whilst I applaud the message behind what you are trying to do in using Zuckerberg and Buffett as examples of success, I do have to point out that perhaps these are not the best role models, and that the portray of their success is somewhat ‘selective’ in nature.

    On Zuckerberg’s email to everyone at Facebook stating “We don’t build services in order to make money…we make money in order to build better services… Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission–to make the world open and more connected.”

    Indeed, Facebook was set up so that Harvard college students could rate the attractiveness of female students, and was brought about by Zuckerberg being dumped by his girlfriend – is this the ‘social mission’ he was attempting to accomplish? Perhaps you should also mention the corporate governance concerns that were widely raised about Facebook, or the privacy issues they have had? Whilst Zuckerberg is definitely a poster child for how to get rich, the way he has done this is not something to be held up and acclaimed, and it isn’t something that should be used as a shining example on a site such as this.

    As to Buffett, perhaps you should also mention his $5bn bail-out of Goldman Sachs? Despite this looking like an investment, it was at least partially to do with the fact that he’d sold $bns of options to Goldman that at the time had mark-to-market losses of in excess of the amount he’d invested – so, in short he only gave them money they could have asked for anyway. My point isn’t this one deal, but the fact that Buffett consistently said in public that he did not like derivates and yet he was short a huge amount of exposure. You have to remember that there is a massive disconnect in the way most successful people behave and the ‘PR’ image they portray.

    By far the worst part of the article is quoting Dan Loeb – do you remember the series of emails he publish that detailed conversations between him and a British fund manager wanting a job? These email publically belittled the guy, and they were only released as self publicity? The number of poison pen letters he as written and made public is something that should be reflected upon before holding him up as a source of wisdom and inspiration.

    I read your site a lot, and can understand that you hold Buffett up as an example of success – but Zuckerberg and Loeb? Seriously? If these are the best examples of entrepreneurialism that can be found then the entrepreneurial route is deeply flawed.

  • http://lifeism.wordpress.com Varun

    Wow & Wow!
    This is just what I needed.
    What you’ve described is every bit of what I have and am going through in this unending quest to completion.
    But now I realize that my attention was towards the wrong side.
    Thank you. This is already helping.
    God bless…

  • http://highwirefitness.com Joe Amadon

    Great article, Scott. This feels more like some of your writing from the old site when I started following you. Seems very sincere. Keep it up.

  • http://www.stefanparmark.com/ Stefan Parmark

    Thanks for reminding of the most important thing: The reason Why. Just like you I write a personal development blog, and sometimes feel frustrated when an article I spent days on becomes a flop. But seeing the reason Why gives me the energy back. I wrote that article to help people, not to please them. I wrote the article to contribute to the world. That is my reason Why. If people like what I write, I feel happy, but that is not the reason Why.
    Thanks for a post with many insights for me, Scott. Keep up the good work!

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  • http://nochnoch.com Noch Noch

    It takes a lot of courage to do something different when everybody else thinks you are crazy. That’s why I admire Buffet. That’s why his wealth doesn’t dwindle and go up and down like many others
    Noch Noch

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  • http://www.filipe.ch Próspero Filipe

    wow. Thank you Scott, that was exactly what I needed right now.

    You just reminded me of how much I love my work.

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    I’m currently working though the passion course, so when I find out what I want to do, I’ll develop solid methods around it!

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  • http://mosaicmercy.org David

    Great article. I am a perfectionist and was on trip number 2394 or some thing like that to try and get my life in order again.

    I ran across this idea of focus on the process and not the outcome yesterday. This idea is really changing the way I have been trained to think.

    I have been struggling to learn German (for years). Now I know why. I was worried about the outcome. I live in Germany so there seems to be a pressure to know the language now! But I can’t control when I will be fluent. I can control the process of putting the work in each day to learn it. If I do this the results will take care of themselves.

    I think I have finally found freedom for my perfectionist brain.

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