100 Words On: How to Quit Dreaming and Start Doing

Robert Louis Stevenson said that there can be no fairer ambition than to excel in talk. And while that may be true for the dreamers in life, successful people know the world will always depend on doers — folks who are motivated to follow through and turn grandiose plans into reality. Dreaming alone is never enough; you need ambition too. That means setting measurable goals and mustering the courage and fortitude to persist in seeing them through.

The bottom line: True; talking is easy and dreamers never have to take risks — but that’s why life’s spoils ultimately go to the doers.

Photo Credit: Miguel Ángel Arroyo Ortega


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    Great words of inspiration Len. If you want to achieve big things in life you’ve got to take those risks and really pursue your goals. Rarely will things just fall in your lap while you’re sitting around waiting.

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    I’m with Lance, but I like another Nike catchphrase better (though the one I like didn’t catch on like “Just Do It” did.

    “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” I totally feel fear all the time. I have to constantly remind myself to push through it and make a difference.

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      Len Penzo says

      I love your catch phrase, Joe!

      We all need something to push us, and that’s a really good one.

      The phrase I use at the office to push me forward — especially when I’m tasked with a particularly daunting challenge is: “Slay Your Dragons.” I used to have the slogan with a cool picture of a dragon meeting its demise (D&D style!) on my office wall, but I lost it in an office move a couple years ago.

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    I’m a doer most of the time, but I can still be “all talk” depending on the situation. Working on that character flaw… :)

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    aden says


    How can you save money using life savings and be able to use it while you are still alive?

    Thank you,

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    You are right. Stop dreaming. Act immediately to fulfill the dream to be rich. My first step is to pay my credit cards with high interest rate. I will not use the credit card but I will keep them for emergency use. Once I paid off my debts, I will start saving and investing.

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