Don’t Read This

How many professional development books and articles have you read lately?  How many seminars have you been to?  How many check-lists have you created?

Now for the real question: have you taken an adequate amount of action lately towards your goals and projects?  Or are you putting action off in order to read yet another professional development article?

To quote Tyler Cowen, economist and author of Average is Over, “Information isn’t what’s scarce; it’s the willingness to do something with it.”  While it is necessary to plan and study, ultimately you must take action.  Continuing to study and plan without actually taking action will never get your anywhere.  Furthermore, the more you continue to study and plan, the higher your risk of becoming plagued by “analysis paralysis”, the inability to make decisions and take action based off of an over-stimulation of knowledge.

Reading yet another professional development article (or any other development book or material), without ever applying what you are learning, will never result in growth or progress.  You don’t need to read more in order to experience a breakthrough.  You need to take action.

Here are a few quotes to reinforce your need for action over continued planning:

  • “Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.” – Peter Marshall
  • “Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage.  If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it.  Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie
  • “An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupies.” – Arnold Glasow
  • “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go do.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  • “I never worry about action, but only inaction.” – Winston Churchill
  • “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” – George S. Patton
  • “The purpose of living an extraordinary life is not to be all wrapped up in creating some perfect plan for tomorrow.” – Sheila Baker Shedd

So what are you waiting for?  To take a slightly modified line from Ferris Bueller:

Jeremiah Clark, M.A., is the co-owner of Appalachian Digital, a website development agency.  He is also a Lead Systems Analyst with the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare System.  You can contact Jeremiah at or connect with him on LinkedIn at Jeremiah Clark.