A few weeks back I attended a Sunday School class where the teacher cited a YouTube video he’d seen of an interview with a billionaire. He didn’t say who it was, but the name was less important than the principle he taught.
The interviewer asked the billionaire a question like “what makes you different? Why are you a billionaire when others aren’t?”
The billionaire replied simply, “One thing all billionaires have in common is that when they hear an idea they act.”
For most of us, when we have an idea or hear about an opportunity we reflect, deliberate, consult our friends and family, make a list of pros and cons, reflect some more, address our fears and anxieties, wonder if it will work, and maybe eventually act. Although more often than not we don’t act.
The key to generating more momentum and experiencing more success in your work and your life is to reduce the space between hearing and acting, or between having an idea and doing something about it.
Now, with this newfound “bias for action” you may also experience more failure and disappointment. Things might not work out. You may give it a go and try your best only to have it fall flat, blow up in your face, or never gain traction.
But there is great comfort and a sense of closure in having tried and failed, rather than having never tried at all.
So what ideas do you have? What recurring thoughts have inspired you to try something new, do something different, or create something from nothing?
And what are you waiting for?
Actually, don’t answer that...
Just go and do.
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