12 Great Quotes on Action

Inspired by The Overthinker’s Guide for Taking action and Tania Mulry the founder of Steamwork Center, below are the best quotes I’ve collected that inspire me to take action.

So my challenge to you is. Write one of this on your whiteboard, in your notebook, on a post-it today and use it to remind you to “skew toward action” when you’re tempted to stall, procrastinate, or overthink.

“I no longer listen to what people say, I just watch what they do.”

— Winston Churchill

“Skew toward action. Don’t over-think about what to do. Get doing, and regularly re-calibrate your direction.”

— Nathan Cunningham (oh, that’s me…)

“Just do it!”

— Nike

“Onward!”

— Darren Clark (Former CTO of YP.com, COO of MFour.com who signed all of his all-hands emails this way.)

“Do the work.”

— Stephen Pressfield (Author of The War of Art and Do the Work and Gates of Fire)

“Goods in any storehouse are useless until somebody takes them out and puts them to the use they were meant for. That applies to what man stores away in his brain too.”

— Thomas J. Watson (Former. President of IBM)

“Many brilliant people … believe that ideas move mountains. But bulldozers move mountains; Ideas show.. bulldozers (where) to go to work.”

— Peter Drucker

“To leave knowledge skill underutilized is impoverishment of society and individual alike.”

— Peter Drucker

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”

— Benjamin Disraeli

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

— Leonardo Da Vinci

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.”

— Peter Marshall


Which one inspires you to act? 
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