A Doer, Not A Dreamer

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.” ~ John Ruskin, The Works of John Ruskin … 

I can sit and ponder the meaning of existence for hours, days, or even years, however, if I do not do anything positive with my life, then what can the meaning of my life possibly be? Our actions really are the bottom line of our lives. And while it is easy to get caught up in thoughts and ideas, they only help us to make the decisions to act, they really do not make any contributions of their own. … 

We may have many great thoughts and ideas. However, if we do not take action on them, they remain just thoughts and ideas. Perhaps we may feel that the new import tax, vehicle tax, medicine tax, entertainment tax or fuel price hike in the country are unfair, but if we do not act to change it, or speak out against it, then those thoughts really mean nothing in the end. Maybe we believe that it is important to help those suffering the trauma of violence, inhumanity, famine, or the effects of war, but until we take the steps to actually do so, those beliefs cannot help anyone at all.

There is an importance in taking the time to be a great philosopher–to ponder and to question the meaning of life and of living. And there is an importance in letting our minds ruminate on thoughts and ideas that really do need to be thought on. But when all is said and done, there comes a point when all our mental work needs to become action–a time at which we need to take things from the theoretical to the practical. For our thoughts are the foundation of who we are, but they are only a step in our becoming. As Gandhi once said, “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, and then your values become your destiny.” These moments of transition are the times in our lives that will begin to define us–to give focus to our journey and direct us in our purpose.

Be a man of action and bring a personal thought or idea to fruitation.

Questions to consider:

When are the most important times for thinking in your life?

How might you turn some of your most important thoughts and ideas into actions that will benefit many more people than your thoughts can?

Why do so many people get trapped in cycles that keep them from putting their thoughts and ideas into action? What keeps us from doing so?

For further thought:

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” ~ Nolan Bushnell

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