The Virtue of Action

The greatest creative thinkers in history weren’t necessarily the most virtuous. Ernest Hemingway was a heavy drinker; Steve Jobs stole ideas from his employees; Walt Disney was known to be a terrible boss.

What these creative thinkers did have, though, was action. They weren’t afraid to take action and face failure. They didn’t wait around until they had their lives together to build businesses and make art, they just did it.

When it comes to creativity, there are a lot of reasons we tell ourselves to delay in action. We might say that we don’t have the time to create, or that we need more information about how to do it.

In business, any delay can be detrimental. It’s the one who isn’t afraid to take action that will inevitably succeed over someone who over thinks the situation and doesn’t act.

When we have an ambitious idea that we constantly think about, but fail to act upon, scientists tell us that we wear ourselves out in dwelling instead if acting. We eventually lose interest before we let ourselves begin.

Inaction has far more consequences than action, even if the action ends in failure. Actually, the only failure is in failing to act, since action bring with it value lessons regardless of the outcome.

So take action. Anything else is falling short of being human.

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