It takes a lot of effort to look this bad. Image courtesy of Hemera Technologies/

Good morning, boys and girls.  The word of the day is effort.  Do you know what that means?  It is defined as “a conscious exertion of power.”

It seems to me that just a little bit of effort goes a long way.  Take for example school.  We all went to school basically 5 days a week for 6 hours or so.  If you do basically nothing, you will get mostly “C’s” .  On the other hand, if you put forth just a bit of effort, you will get “B’s” and “A’s”.  I think that translates in most facets of life.  Work, relationships, finances or style can all be improved with just a bit of effort.  You just have to be cognizant of the world around you.  Just pay attention and be aware.

I see people at the gym that attend religiously, and yet they still look a bit sloppy.  They are already waking up early and getting there, but then when it counts, they don’t take that extra step.  Again, it is being conscious of what you are doing and closing the deal.  If you are in a relationship, listen to what your gal is saying and be in the moment.  The difference between being a boyfriend and being an amazing boyfriend could just be flowers every so often.  A great religious quote is “take one step toward God, and he will take two steps towards you.”

With your style, be true to your own self, but also be aware of what works.  It doesn’t mean you need a lot of money or you have to look like a model, it just means you have to put in a bit of effort.

That’s our lesson for the day, kids.  Now go out and put it into action.


Richard has been in the Essential Style for Men mix since its inception in 2009. When he isn’t busy serving as the ESM’s Director of Fashion & Style, you may find him on the beach playing volleyball, or working hard in Thailand shooting with a beautiful Brazilian supermodel.