Just a note to mention the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the world’s most notable “doers.”
Unlike the posts you’ll find elsewhere by those who had personal acquaintance with Steve Jobs, my only knowledge of him is through his role as the incredible mind and human being behind Apple. Even if you think he did what others might have done, perhaps could have done or even should have done, no one else actually did. That makes all the difference in the world.
I can best sum it up by quoting from an earlier post:
Have You Noticed the Doers?
If you’ve been here more than once, you may have noticed a similarity in many stories, a large percentage are about someone taking action, they get an idea and rather than debate the issue endlessly, they try doing it. Drawing a new design, building a new motorcycle or modifying an existing bike, if it works for them, they accomplish their goal. They answer the “What if” questions with action. They are doers, the folks who think and do, the ones who accomplish something.
I like doers, I have a lot of respect for anyone who puts in the time and effort to create something and then puts it out there for the world to see, especially since there are so many talkers and critics. Talk is cheap and criticism is free so there tends to be a lot of it. Talkers outnumber doers about 1000 to 1, or more, it’s why I have to work so hard to find the doers, they’re spread a little thin but finding them is worth the time and effort.
Doers don’t always get it right, they often make mistakes but rarely make excuses. What is done may be imperfect, but that’s how progress comes about, each attempt reveals where improvement is called for, but, like a magnet, each attempt attracts talkers and critics who are already perfect, because mistakes only happen when you do something, critics never risk it, they’re unwilling to test themselves in the world of action.
A doer takes action, building a motorcycle in his shop to test and improve his ideas, a talker imagines a perfect motorcycle in his mind and stops there.
Doers are more positive, if something doesn’t work, something else might. Talkers and critics are negative, they always knew it wouldn’t work and will be sure to tell you so.
Doers see the progress they made and feel good about it, critics point out how far from perfection the project is and point out every shortcoming.
Doers are always learning, talkers and critics already know everything.
Doers are more interesting
Doers know they aren’t perfect, they see their own mistakes every day so they let their work speak for itself and it sometimes says a lot about them. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear the passion for thinking, learning, trying and doing, they have an honest and hard won pride in their work, but they seldom shout about it.
Doers know you can’t please everyone, but they move ahead anyway and that’s why they’re so interesting, you never know what they’ll do next. There’s no guarantee of success and knowing they may fall short, the challenge makes it worthwhile. But don’t ever confuse falling short with failure, failure is not trying.
You don’t have to like their work and if you believe you can do better, start today, doers enjoy seeing others try, the world is always waiting for excellent work, the more the better. …
We don’t need people waiting for someone to solve their problems, waiting for conditions to improve, waiting for the right moment to do something, … we need more doers to solve their own problems, improve their own conditions and take advantage of this current moment to do something because it’s the only moment you get, this one and the next one and the one after that. They’re all the same, until you make them different!
So, what are you doing today?
Rest in Peace, Steve