Don’t Complain; Do Something

“The best way to complain is to make things.” — James Murphy

There’s an irrefutably clear hierarchy of optimal actions one can take to make a difference (from least to most effective):

  1. Do or say nothing.
  2. Complain about problems, do nothing.
  3. Suggest solutions, do nothing.
  4. Do something.
  5. Do something and inspire others to do the same.

To impact change, act. Complaining or proposing solutions are exclusively selfish means to gratify yourself, leaving you with the false impression that you’ve done something. By only opening your mouth, you’ve done nothing.

While sharing complaints or ideas, you stand a chance to raise awareness and get other people complaining or sharing. But that can only go so far. A lot of people complaining and sharing does not constitute action.

By actually doing something, by getting out and trying to solve the problem, you stand a chance to inspire others to get out and do the same.

Perhaps harsh, but shut your mouth and get to work.