I came across this Chinese proverb the other day – and I love it!
Isn’t it true that knowledge and insight are only really helpful when we succeed in putting them into practice? Talking doesn’t really have much practical use.
Sure, it’s good to lose a few thoughts – or even exchange them before you get into action – as long as you move to action at some point.
In many discussions I end up asking myself: so what? What DO we DO with it now? Was it just about complaining and petting one’s own ego (because of course we always know how WE could do it better!) or do we in the end also decide on what can be done?
It’s a bit like football or listening to someone on stage: sitting in the audience and criticising what is being delivered is easy. But would I stand on the pitch or on that stage – and prove that I can do better?
I still remember a situation during my final examination for hotel business: I sat with two other trainees at the same time in front of an examining board of 5 people. We were asked questions about different topics one after the other. I had the answer to almost all the questions my two fellow trainees were asked – but it wasn’t my turn. And when it was finally my turn — uh, yeah, no, so THIS question, uhm, wait ….
Yes, talking and exchanging knowledge and opinions are important aspects of coming to an conclusion and being able to decide. But:
Talking may change perspectives. Action changes the world.
And I think we need more courageous doer personalities. There is enough speakers. Perhaps it would also help if we gave more appreciation to the doers, for example, that they take the lead, expose themselves to the fire and the uncertainty and the pressure. Maybe this appreciation would encourage others to take action.
Because the best thing about doing is: actions are much more convincing than words.
The world needs role models – whether it’s the leader at work, the helping hand of a neighbour or friends who are there for us.
Show, don’t tell – they also say in film and literature. Don’t tell how the protagonist is doing – convey it to the audience through his actions.
Where could you DO more instead of talking?
I myself was asked by someone only yesterday in relation to a topic: “And, do you live it?”
I love those people in my life, I love questions like that!
On that note, I’ll stop babbling now and see how I answer my question to you for myself!
Have a mega brave doer-week!