On Taking Action

Many years ago I started reading and taking advice from a dating guru. One of the most important things I got out of the material was the frame of mind that being the guy who actually does things and leads by example is critical.  I changed from the guy who doesn’t dance to the one who is always first on the dance floor.  That re-frame cascaded into other areas of life.

Being the first person on a dance floor takes confidence and an ability to see what to do and then take unilateral action. Taking action and following through until completion is something that I take a lot of pride in.

Changing a broken lightbulb, writing code for a personal project, trying out a business idea or building something are action items that can make a real difference. Not every action leads to success, but luck comes to those who keep trying.

Like this quote from Thomas Jefferson:

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it