This Isn't Said Enough Here

by Zeus66
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TAKE ACTION

One of my historical heroes is Thomas Edison. That guy didn't sit around navel gazing or worrying about if he should pursue an idea. He just went out and did it. The reason he's a hero to me is that he never let failure stop him. He failed a gazillion times, but he shrugged it off and kept moving on.

Here are my 2 favorite quotes from the man:
"Vision without execution is hallucination."

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time."


I love this forum. But honestly, it's misused by most people who come here day after day, in my humble opinion. Get ideas to try here. Ideas to TRY - that means to ACT ON.

Way too much thinking and not nearly enough action is why most wannabe IM'ers never make it. If you can't roll up your sleeves and get to work - even if it turns out to be the wrong path that time - then I'm sorry but you're in the wrong business.

Want to make money online? Remember what the greatest American inventor of all time said in that first quote. Make it your first thought every morning.

John
  • Profile picture of the author tylerdrun
    Zeus,

    An excellent one. But we also have to understand why people don't take action and what needs to be done to force them to take action.

    Some people like to be held accountable. I think the key to get yourself to take action is by changing your perception.

    If you change the way you perceive about a thing (your entire thought process - not what you think about a thing), you instantly change your behavior.

    You'll come across certain negative constricting emotions when you're trying to get out of that comfort zone. I recommend using Emotional Freedom therapy to address those blocks and move forward.

    All the best,
    Harry
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  • Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

    "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time."[/I]
    Man I love this quote. It really is so true. People just give up way too early. The guys who are doing this for a living have been members here since 2002, 2003 etc. That shows you that they have hung in here and have kept going!

    Great post, thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

    If you can't roll up your sleeves and get to work - even if it turns out to be the wrong path that time - then I'm sorry but you're in the wrong business.John
    bugger me i read an ad ? easy way to riches , sit back and let us do the work while you sit on the beach / ? where did i read that ?, now i needs to be workin all confusing this internet stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author MattGoffrey
    Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

    TAKE ACTION
    I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with you on this one. I've been reading the WF through my news reader for a VERY long time and "take action" is easily the most often given single piece of advice that I see.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hesaidblissfully
      Originally Posted by MattGoffrey View Post

      I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with you on this one. I've been reading the WF through my news reader for a VERY long time and "take action" is easily the most often given single piece of advice that I see.
      Agreed. The problem with "TAKE ACTION" alone is that it's too vague. When you say "TAKE ACTION", it might be helpful to explain exactly what you mean by that. People take action every day when they get up and go to work, but that's not the type of action that's likely to lead to them becoming financially independent.

      A better approach might be the "Plan-Do-Check-Act" (PDCA) cycle.

      1. Plan what you're going to do.

      2. Do it.

      3. Check/Study the results from what you did.

      4. Act based on the data you got from checking/studying your results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Douglas
    It's said a lot, it just isn't done enough. Clicking the New Posts link is not taking action lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author mytoy78
    I do think that people arrive on this forum and similar still clutching to the idea that there is some kind of mystical button that can be pushed to spit out money...

    The internet is just like any other job...you need to work at it, modify if it doesn't work and keep on going.

    I wish everyone the very best of luck!

    Colin
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  • Profile picture of the author trustedWFhelper
    lol, the first quote is epic, and I will remember it for years to come.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Marriott
    Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

    TAKE ACTION

    One of my historical heroes is Thomas Edison. That guy didn't sit around navel gazing or worrying about if he should pursue an idea. He just went out and did it. The reason he's a hero to me is that he never let failure stop him. He failed a gazillion times, but he shrugged it off and kept moving on.

    Here are my 2 favorite quotes from the man:
    “Vision without execution is hallucination.”

    “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.”


    I love this forum. But honestly, it's misused by most people who come here day after day, in my humble opinion. Get ideas to try here. Ideas to TRY - that means to ACT ON.

    Way too much thinking and not nearly enough action is why most wannabe IM'ers never make it. If you can't roll up your sleeves and get to work - even if it turns out to be the wrong path that time - then I'm sorry but you're in the wrong business.

    Want to make money online? Remember what the greatest American inventor of all time said in that first quote. Make it your first thought every morning.

    John

    Yep you gotta admire ol' Thomas Edison,

    He even invented the lightbulb so he could work nights!
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    • Profile picture of the author SamuelUherek
      Originally Posted by Tony Marriott View Post

      Yep you gotta admire ol' Thomas Edison,

      He even invented the lightbulb so he could work nights!


      I really like the quotes. Especially the second one. The more you try the better chance that you will succeed.
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    • Profile picture of the author Torreylee
      Originally Posted by Tony Marriott View Post

      Yep you gotta admire ol' Thomas Edison,

      He even invented the lightbulb so he could work nights!
      Haaa, never thought of it that way!
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      • Profile picture of the author robestrong
        I agree. The time that we spend looking at WSO's reading how to make money etc. could be far better applied using some of those techniques to actually make money, instead of just learning more and more ways how to do so. Thanks for making this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wilton White
    Hello John,

    You present some excellent advice for newcomers to the industry. I think that part of the disillusionment that many "newbies" experience in the forum, especially after purchasing a WSO, comes not from the fact that some work or effort is required; it is more that they fail to realize that they may need apply their own "spin" on the idea that is being taught. Some form of creativity is involved, and that can't be covered in a step-by-step blueprint.

    'And yes, you have to take the beginning action of unzipping the files or loading up the PDF file--whatever is necessary to get the information from your hard drive into your head!

    Thanks for the timely reminder to never give up.
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    • Profile picture of the author officer_iron
      Originally Posted by Wilton White View Post

      I think that part of the disillusionment that many "newbies" experience in the forum, especially after purchasing a WSO, comes not from the fact that some work or effort is required; it is more that they fail to realize that they may need apply their own "spin" on the idea that is being taught. Some form of creativity is involved, and that can't be covered in a step-by-step blueprint.
      I absolutely agree with this. A lot of people literally want to do EXACTLY the same thing you are using as an example in a course; same offer, same design, same posts, same niche.

      When people ask me what my biggest breakthrough was that helped me start earning more, I tell them it's when I learned how to take a taught method and mold it to my skill set and offers.

      When people actually LEARN the methods being taught in courses, they can modify and improve it. That's when the earnings really start building.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew S
    I think part of the reason people don't take action is fear of failure, which is unfortunate.
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    • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
      Originally Posted by Andrew S View Post

      I think part of the reason people don't take action is fear of failure, which is unfortunate.
      Yes, no question that is a huge problem. Its cousin - fear of success - also preys on some folks. When you succeed, along with the good you get the baggage most people never think about: how to live up to it; how to come up with the next successful venture; moving out of the current comfort zone.

      It seems almost silly, but it's a documented phenomenon. Sort of like the old saying "better the devil I know than the one I don't."

      John
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  • Profile picture of the author Taniwha
    A big problem is hopping on a trending bandwagon hoping to get rich, getting half way through the process, then hopping on the next.

    The amazing thing about this forum is the amount of valuable information on business ideas. People need to stick with one idea and make a success out of it before moving on or expanding.
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Personally, I would prefer only my clients and me taking action. Everybody else, please do nothing.

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  • Profile picture of the author chrisjenva
    I think many people start to take action and don't see the results they want fast enough. They then get "Shiny New Object Syndrome" and move to something else. Then repeat the process.


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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Edison's big secret?

    Outsourcing!

    Seriously. The guy had so many people working around the clock and doing the work for him. Most of us pictrue ol' TAE sitting around in a workshop (like the back of his garage or something) and tinkering with this and that, but that's not the case at all. He had an entire complex devoted to churning out inventions, and it was staffed by many people.

    He was noted for being an almost harsh taskmaster and doing things that bordered on the unethical (to put it charitably).

    However, he was also a manager who got stuff done. He definitely took action, but even more importantly, IMHO, he didn't take no for an answer. He kept trying and trying, AND paid attention to what others would call "failures". Edison, and members of his team, were experts at analyzing what went wrong and would keep going until they got things right.

    I'm not trying to take anything away from Edison, but rather pointing out that he wasn't perfect. That's actually a good thing, because none of us are perfect either, but that's no excuse for not taking action.

    All the best,
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Ward
    Exactly. That's why I've had the quote in my signature here since I first joined: both as a reminder for myself, and as advice to others.
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  • Profile picture of the author banterall
    Great post, and all great points. The power of "doing" is probably the most underestimated power that one has. By doing work you are in action, and action creates momentum. Once you have enough momentum, it's just too hard for you to stop at how far you come with your actions. It is against the law of nature, that your work will not pay off. It all comes down to a simple thing, work hard and get paid.

    I have been browsing this forum every time I get the chance, as never had any chance to post since I have a day job, here in Southern California, working for a software company in managerial sales position.

    This is the first thread that I read today and it instantly touched with the new ventures I am currently embarking on. Warrior Forum looks like a great place to gain knowledge, resources, and contacts. I hope I am able to get as much information as I can from this great database of internet marketing information.

    Good luck to you all!

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  • Profile picture of the author Spock1
    Thomas Edison was so awesome. Though think what more he might have accomplished had he recognized talent under his nose. If he hadn't been so blind he would have paid Nicola Tesla something near what he was worth and retained him as an employee.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    I think I was pretty clear in the OP that I was differentiating between too much thinking and not enough doing. Of course you want to take action on specific things. I was referring to it in relation to the time spent in "navel gazing" mode.

    And I also think it's OK to take action on the wrong thing, as long as you learn from that experience and alter your future efforts. That's also a reason why Edison is a particularly appropriate example.

    Abraham Lincoln, too. He failed multiple times before becoming President.

    In fact, history is replete with this common trend. Most successful people we know by name didn't magically get there. They had to slog and fight and ignore those little negative voices we all know, I'm sure.

    John
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