A couple of years ago I adopted as my mantra: Less Talking. More Doing.
For two solid days a guy I know buggered Oliver Stone about the film business. Tired of the questions (he was shooting the movie Wall Street at the time!), he told the guy this:
“Do what I did. Go to college and learn about the film business. Then get together with some of your friends who are also wanting to do this, and go out and do something.”
Then Stone added, “Oh, and do something big, kid.”
I agree with Mr. Stone. If you’ve read my other blog posts, you’ll recall I told the story about the man who told me, “Angela, if you stand in line, you’re asking for other people’s permission to succeed. Don’t stand in line. Go. Do.”
Then I talked to this other fella who said he was tired of hearing people talk about what they were going to do. He said he wanted to hear about they were were doing.
Thus the adoption of my mantra.
I’ve always had the big ideas and the big plans. But for years when I mentioned those plans, I was told by husband, friends, business associates, whoever, “Oh, that can’t be done.” And worse, “Oh, YOU can’t do that.”
They never said why it couldn’t be done or why I couldn’t do it. The worst part of it was, I believed them and so the plans and ideas died an early, early death. How sad.
But that’s okay, because I don’t listen to that any more. I surround myself with people who, when they hear my plans or ideas, are already either doing the same sort of thing themselves, have done bigger things, and see that what I have proposed can, could, and will work. These folks offer helpful advice.
So, less talking folks…more doing.