Only Action Gets Results

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I'm forever being asked by people "what do you think of this idea?", "what do you think of that idea?" by people who have great ideas, but just don't seem to get on with them, on with anything.

In contrast, they're always amazed at my constant activity, launching this, launching that, getting on with things, trying, failing.

I'm a BIG fan of doing things, taking action, it often doesn't actually matter what, the details aren't important (though, copy what others do is a good start), the ACTION is what matters.

Don't fear failure, embrace it, happily fail at things, the more things you fail at, the more you succeed at.

That's all, just a thought from the top of my head.
#action #results
  • Profile picture of the author ginnysclub1
    This reminds me of a useful acronym: A.S.K.

    Which stands for: Activity, Skills, and Knowledge. Activity creates skills, and skills (in other words, experience) creates knowledge.
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  • Profile picture of the author abugah
    When you are hyperactive you will experience many failures and one or two sure winners which will compensate for the failures.

    Success is all about action.

    It is unfortunate some people have never realized that.
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    • Profile picture of the author FrankRumbauskas
      Originally Posted by abugah View Post

      When you are hyperactive you will experience many failures and one or two sure winners which will compensate for the failures.
      Or as Robert Kiyosaki likes to say: "As a business owner, you don't have to be right 51% of the time. You only have to be right once."
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  • Profile picture of the author creaver1
    Here is the thing. Only action gets results, but if the action isn't based on the right knowledge, you end up with mistakes.
    Of course, from what people say, the majority of online marketers have the problem of not taking action even if they have useful knowledge.
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    • Originally Posted by Michael Milken View Post

      Intelligent action beats throwing darts at a board every time.
      I've read a few threads in this section and people seem to have a total disregard for thinking things through. They say, "just take action." Don't get me wrong, action brings results, but acting based on useful knowledge will get you there a lot faster.
      Gary Halbert had an article, where he told the difference between "efficiently" and "effectively". Using his metaphor, - acting without knowing, you may go down the wrong river. Very fast, learning on your mistakes, etc., but down the wrong river..
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      • Profile picture of the author Elizabeth Fee
        Originally Posted by Olga Farber Becker View Post

        Gary Halbert had an article, where he told the difference between "efficiently" and "effectively". Using his metaphor, - acting without knowing, you may go down the wrong river. Very fast, learning on your mistakes, etc., but down the wrong river..
        And while some may see this as a waste of time... if I ended up going down the wrong river... well, at least now I know what the "wrong" river looks like. Mistakes are what separate the experienced from the inexperienced. Being an expert also means knowing what mistakes to avoid.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lindbeck
    You are so right!

    You can achieve anything you want if you just continue taking action. There is no possible way you can not succeed if you just keep going.
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  • Profile picture of the author DanEitreim
    I agree that hyper action is a necessary ingredient to success. But, don't forget to get feedback.

    I'm reminded of an old episode of "I Love Lucy" where she is making and trying to sell spaghetti sauce. Ricky points out that she is losing money on every jar...so she responds that she will make it up in volume!

    Taking action in a wrong direction can be fixed if you pay attention to the feedback and adjust accordingly. But JUST relying on taking action is a recipe for disaster.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jager
      Originally Posted by mullah86 View Post

      You have to have a dream before taking any action. Dreams are keys to realities. I've started to observe that whatever i dreamt about years ago, I'm getting all this.
      "Reality is Wrong. Dreams are for real".
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  • Profile picture of the author Magnus Koenig
    There are so many ideas that are coming to our minds, but the problem is we are not implementing it. A lot of people are afraid to take actions because they are afraid to fail. Failure doesn't mean end, let's just take it as a challenge that may take us to the next level.
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    • Originally Posted by Magnus Koenig View Post

      There are so many ideas that are coming to our minds, but the problem is we are not implementing it.
      It is not always a problem. Sometimes the idea and working with it is meant to take us to the next level, too. The problem is in blaming ourselves for .. just about anything, including not implementing many ideas, too - this takes energy from you implementing anything.

      Originally Posted by Magnus Koenig View Post

      Failure doesn't mean end, let's just take it as a challenge that may take us to the next level.
      I love it.
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  • Profile picture of the author jannet1
    well it is totally depend upon the individuals thinking and desires that he usually want to do....
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  • Profile picture of the author Cazzam
    I know so many people who talk about what they're "gonna do", but sadly they rarely do... however, I believe that there does need to be a balance - you have to spend time learning, but then you need to put what you've learned into action, and you also need to be prepared to learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others, and never give up learning and doing. Life is a journey not a destination, but if you don't take action, it might just pass you by....
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  • Profile picture of the author rawalbaig
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    Step is everything when you take it then don't see behind or for results. As wise people are those who think before saying or doing and dumb is who, who think after.
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  • Profile picture of the author joelkippax
    Couldn't agree more, taking actions is always very important. No matter how much resources you have or how high your dreams are, if you will not do something to pursue it, you can never see it happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    The sooner we take action, the sooner we succeed... as Les Brown said -- "You don't have to be great to start, just start to be great..."
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  • The products of action are either success or failure. Where success comes, one will go ahead and improve on the efficiency of his work for an even broader results. On the other hand, failure takes one back to the drawing board where, he / she will analyze the shortcomings and look for better ways of achieving his / her target, regardless of how many times he / she has to repeat the action. Thus, an individual who avoids action can never have results in which ever way, which subsequently locks him from attaining knowledge. His skills can never multiply because at first he has none. Modern high technology is advanced from the action of old technologists. That spells the way.
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  • Profile picture of the author markknott
    I agree, the only way you can see results is by taking actions.
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    • Profile picture of the author philhunter
      Totally agree, even taking action and failing is better than taking no action at all as it allows you to improve/make it work the next time.
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  • Profile picture of the author seogame
    Great thought for sure, as they say, actions speaks louder than the words...
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  • Profile picture of the author John Ruddy
    very true, action brings results not only words. Knowledge of your field+skills+action is great combination of success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Boxer123
    So true, its action that gets results. "When all is said and done, more is always said than done"
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  • Profile picture of the author beachblade
    So very true. I see soooo many people fail because they won't take action. They procrastinate and stall so that there won't be any failures or mistakes but in the end they never do anything.

    It's all based in the fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of looking bad.


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  • Profile picture of the author maile15
    Having ideas is always great, but doing something is also important! This is missing, and you see that everywhere! I think this is because of the lack of understanding about what you should do to realise that idea!
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  • Profile picture of the author taylatrefl
    Sometimes it takes some time before you see results that you are expecting, but never get tired of trying and taking actions.
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  • Profile picture of the author ProScribe
    Yes, I agree that success is a matter of taking action consistently.

    I'm reading a book by micheal masterson which makes the same point that if having a postive outlook and goal setting was all that was neccessary for success, there wouldn't be so many successful people with a generally negative disposition.
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  • Profile picture of the author tarad
    Sometimes before taking action you have build a good foundation for your Idea to really become and grow into a success - by effective planning and strategically scheming your move.

    But like they say "..too much of every thing isn't good."
    So don't waste unnecessary time and energy on planning, thinking, feeling.. and get on with the job already.
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  • Profile picture of the author rayzh
    of course, if everybody can do the thing as soon as he gets the idea, then he will be great within a day, hah
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  • Profile picture of the author AngieDixon
    My best friend asked me this week, "Have you ever failed at anything?" I said, yes, I fail all the time. If I am not failing I'm not making any progress. She used that as an opportunity to kick me in the butt about some things I'm NOT acting on.

    Thanks for bringing this up and reminding me to take action.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kruciall
    I have a friend who was always coming up with ways to get rich, even if he had to spend thousands of dollars on some "get rich" class. I've always wanted to be rich, but I've never done a damn thing about it. I admire him for trying, because he got results while I've got nothing. Great post, ty!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dee Syed
    I couldn't agree with you more, Simon. I spent many years sitting on the fence buying one info product after another and doing nothing until I realised i) in that space of time, I've picked up an awful lot about IM and ii) I've still not done anything with it.

    Am now hoping that 2012 will be the year that I actually start applying what I've learned!

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  • Profile picture of the author taylatrefl
    Taking actions is very important. Having goals without acting on it is nothing.
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    i agree with you guys
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  • Many people have feared fail and have missed success. Success come through action. You can act/try for the first time and succeed or try and fail. When you fail your next move is to act on the causes of your failure. Action brings skills with it and builds up courage. The many times you repeat to do something the more skills you gather. These skills are perfected each time the process takes place and thus leading to success. Therefore anyone who fears to act because he will fail deprives himself/herself knowledge.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Stephens
    Very true. Idea + Action = Success. Simple as that, really.
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  • Profile picture of the author dougb
    Virtually no one will disagree that without action there is nothing.

    The real problem is that the people that ask these "what do you think" questions, knows action is needed, they just want you to run with it and they will wait patiently if you do. If you don't then they rationalize that it wasn't a good idea at all cause you never ran with it.

    It happens to me a lot so I figure it has to be happening a lot out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author TomHarvey
    Originally Posted by simonpiemon View Post

    the more things you fail at, the more you succeed at.
    Succinct point, learnt the hard way (in my experience)... the amount of marketers and products that tell you to take action all say it (and repeat it) for a reason - you won't achieve anything if you don't take action!!
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  • Profile picture of the author setrou
    I know so many people who talk about what they're "gonna do", but sadly they rarely do... however, I believe that there does need to be a balance - you have to spend time learning, but then you need to put what you've learned into action, and you also need to be prepared to learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others, and never give up learning and doing. Life is a journey not a destination, but if you don't take action, it might just pass you by....
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  • Profile picture of the author David Sneen
    There is a need to research an idea. There is a time to act on that research. This is true in any field. The successful person knows when to act, has a bit of luck, and knows how to put the odds in his/her favor.
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  • Profile picture of the author webworm
    There's is no doubt on the topic.Hard works lead to success.
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  • Profile picture of the author tamiro1992
    very well put. cant be afraid to fail in life. if you dont try you will never fail or succeed. the more you fail, the higher your chance to succeed next time, its like gambling
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnny Wester
      In my case I was more afraid of succeding than failing. Almost all 2011 my mindset was going "why should I deserve to succed?" A twisted and very dangerous mindset, more dangours than be afraid to fail I would say even if both of them are bad.

      Well thats behind me know and I have everything to look forward too. The future for 2012 seems bright, its the fear people need to leave behind. Fear crippels you and just waste away peoples true power to make it, at anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author AJ Smith44
    Excellent. It reminds me of Denzel Washington's quote:

    "Fall Forward, every failure is a closer step to success."

    You must be willing to fail-bottom line.

    Thanks.

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  • Profile picture of the author dominicsloane
    Hard work always play a big part of your success.
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