I came across a quote and it made me wonder how people tend to view themselves? “There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. We all have a choice. You can decide which type of person you want to be. I have always chosen to be in the first group.” ~ Mary Kay Ash
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This quote is quite misleading - it leads you into the trap of thinking that "doing is good, thinking is not so much" and we are taught to think for ourselves, we are taught to jump the bandwagon and conform blindly.
You're right: Doing without thinking for ourselves is dangerous. The quote, in context, points out that thinking without doing does not produce change. I teach prepare, do, follow through, which means: think (plan), act, make a better world.
Thank you, EP! You said very well what I was struggling to say when I wrote about admiring art and nature. Let us all learn to be, and to be present, aware, and appreciative, whether we are thinking, doing, or looking at life.
I like that comment from you as well, Sid.
I think it is precisely that - any quote is a reduction, simplification of thought and any definition aka restriction leads to distortion. A doer = someone who built a city, someone who made a cup of coffee. Both doers. But there is a difference.
We are on the same page - you can't belong to one category only. It's the same as picking between being an eater, a sleeper or a walker. The point is most people don't stop to think. Some people think too much, some never enough.
True and beautifully poetic in the way you say it. Thanks!
One should never say more than they know and one should never speak unless they carry the truth or have something kind, honest, honorable or helpful to say. I think you have placed yourself on solid ground and can find no fault with your vantage poin
CJ - you & I are very close on this one. I would change the "or" to "and." I think it best if we only speak when we carry the truth *and* can say it in a kind, honorable, and helpful way. Iburmaster - I hope you pass your recommendations on to do
I am quite the same - I tend to think more than act. But the idea is to emphasize our strengths, not our weaknesses. The world needs thinkers just as much as it needs doers. Improvements are thought of by thinkers and then implemented by doers.
True. Inclination to be a thinker or a doer is an inborn characteristic. I firmly believe that thinkers should think and doers should do. We are best in our best capacity, not in our weakest.
Yes, only with passion can we master our use of time and make things happen. I admire thinking, but not excess thinking that arises from blocked passion. I admire watching, but not pulling back to watch arising from blocked passion.
Snerfu, I find your explorations powerful, even though I don't fully understand them. But the last line puzzles me - I find being a doer is simply a choice. Is that not so for you?
There was a great film - about a few captives that escaped a high security prison in Russia, as they set on their course of continuous movement - they realize that the train tracks go only around the same prison. They circle and circle and circle.
There may be sometimes abnormal and unexpected circumstances that delude us into thinking that we are making progress. But in this comment I am not broaching this issue; rather, I am generalizing just like what others do.
"Idle hands are the tool of the devil". Staying busy (within reason) keeps one out of trouble and puts them in places where they can do good. You go girl!!! :0)
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Usually the wisest people are not the Speedy Gonzaleses of the world, the wisest are those who have the patience to observe and to analyze. There is an expression that All great things are seen from a distance (vs in the heat of a battle).