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Stop Talking and Start Doing

Updated on September 18, 2011

All Talk & No Action

Is it just me? Or, does it seem like the world is full of all talk and no action? Everywhere I turn, people are doing a whole lot of gum-flapping. Talk radio has irate people calling in every 2 seconds about this or that issue. People seem so fired up. Surely they are about to take some mass action. No. They aren’t doing anything about any of the issues – just talking. Politicians get on the television and talk about taxes and jobs and what they going to do if elected. They aren’t doing anything – just talking. There are still no jobs and about the same amount of taxes. Co-workers come together for a staff meeting and have one great idea after another and spout off suggested projects and plan after plan, as if ideas are going out of style. What happens after the meeting? Oh, just the same old same old. People sit around and go about their business, good ideas and plans all fall by the wayside.

Two Types of People

I believe there are two types of people – Talkers and Doers. Talkers like to talk about what they think or what their plans are for the future. They tend to dominate any discussion, because they are very loud and vocal. They love the attention of having someone come up to them and say, “oh, that was such a great idea, how did you think of something so brilliant.” Those comments are enough to get them through the day. If you really watch the Talker type closely, you will discover that none of these good ideas are ever implemented. Society likes the Talker types because they can tell a good story and make us feel all warm and bubbly inside. They know how to tug at the heartstrings and make us feel as if everything is going to be all right. Talkers are our politicians, television personalities and people who make a living out of basically talking. Regular people can be Talkers. They can get by in life by relying on the results of the Doers who actually do implement ideas and move life forward.

Doers are people who like to do. They don’t feel satisfied just talking about an idea. They have to see the idea all the way through to the bitter end to see if it really works. They are dependable because you can pretty much guarantee that what they say they are going to do is going to get done. They are driven by action, progress and the end results. Doers might not be able to explain all aspects of their plans or even want to do a lot of talking about their project ideas because they work best through a hands-on approach.

Practice What You Preach

Who would you rather have to help you do something really important? Who would you rather be? I say be a Doer. Anyone can transform himself or herself into a Doer. Start small. Set a small goal and achieve it. Train yourself to only talk about stuff you are going to actually and seriously attempt to accomplish. Show others that you aren’t just all talk and no action. Be someone who implements ideas and changes his or her world and life for the better.

6 Good Reasons to be a Doer:

  • a role model for others to follow
  • have success, achievement and a lasting legacy
  • lead an interesting life of action and experience
  • gain knowledge and become smarter
  • be seen as responsible, dependable and someone to manage others and be "in-charge" of important projects
  • enhance self-motivation, creativity and skills.

How to be a Doer:

  • set goals
  • make a step by step list of how to achieve those goals
  • surround yourself with other Doers
  • keep trying to achieve your goals even when obstacles come in your way
  • practice skills that you want to develop
  • encourage others to be Doers and expect them to back up their talk with action.

If you want to write a novel, do it. If you want to start your own business, do it. If you want to get married and have kids, do it. It is far better to try and fail than to just talk about something. Practice what you preach.


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    • truthfornow profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks so much LailaK

    • LailaK profile image


      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Your hub is so realistic and naturally-written! Voted up!

    • truthfornow profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks Chatkath and always exploring for reading and giving me encouragement with your comments. You are wonderful readers. Thanks so much.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree, a whole lot of talk with little action. I am a doer also. Good tips.. Voted up....

    • Chatkath profile image


      6 years ago from California

      This is a really big one for me too. It is such a waste of everyone's time and energy when certain people continually talk about what they are going to do....Perhaps meaning well but when they flake time and time again it just gets old, no one even believes in them anymore because their credibility is shot!

      Many times, when I have committed to do something and really don't feel like following through, I remember how it feels to be let down when someone flakes and that gets me moving! Great topic and I like bullets - really good suggestions!

    • truthfornow profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      There are lots of people where I work who are big talkers with no action. Gets on my nerves so bad. I was inspired to write about this problem. Thanks for reading and commenting ktrapp.

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      Kristin Trapp 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      This was very passionately written and I could not agree more wholeheartedly. I am proud to say that I am a doer; talk is cheap, that's for sure. I would guess actually that the majority of hubbers are doers since to be an author on HubPages you have to be self-motivated and actually produce articles. Nice hub!


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