Taking Action

Thought is useful when it motivates action and a hinderance when it substitutes for action. –Bill Raeder

Great post by Mark Clement on taking action:

What is your idea worth? Absolutely nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero. An idea alone is simply that, an idea. And trust me, everyone has them. The only thing that makes an idea valuable is work. Time doesn’t do it. Thinking about it real hard doesn’t do it. Talking about it endlessly doesn’t do it. Only work adds value.

Great books have to be written. Great inventions have to be built. Great songs have to be played. Great movies have to be produced. Great events have to be created. And while half a book, or part of a song is worth more than nothing, it’s not by much. An idea really isn’t worth anything until it is finished. Completed. Done. Until it actually exists.

Found this interesting excerpt from Niven’s Laws: 

18. No technique works if it isn’t used. If that sounds simplistic, look at some specifics: Telling friends about your diet won’t make you thin. Buying a diet cookbook won’t either. Even reading the recipes won’t do it. Knowing about Alcoholics Anonymous, looking up the phone number, even jotting it on real paper, won’t make you sober. Buying weights doesn’t give you muscles. Signing a piece of paper won’t make missiles disappear, even if you make lots of copies and tell every anchorperson on earth. Endlessly studying designs for spacecraft won’t put anything into orbit. And so forth. But you surely know someone who tried it that way, and maybe you’re one yourself.

So stop talking. Stop daydreaming. Stop waiting. Get to work. Even if it’s just an hour a day. Or every Saturday. Whatever, just work. The WORTH of an idea is equal to the WORK you put into it.

Discipline, not desire, determines destiny. -Unknown


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