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.
The Kneeslider shows you the doers
We’ve covered all kinds of projects here on The Kneeslider, some great successes, some nicely done, a few had at least one interesting feature, others were simply odd, but in every case, the doer took action. I like action. They put in the effort and persevered. I admire that and I will continue to look for examples of doers, doing their best. I will bring them to you day after day and I will continue to bring them to you because I like doers! I bet you do, too.
Just look at some of the recent stories here, Brammo wants to try selling electric motorcycles in Best Buy, Paul Carberry is building V-Twin Royal Enfields, Privateer’s Garage is setting up a DIY motorcycle shop, Mission One electric motorcycles, the TSS RS500 2 stroke, and on and on. Every one is an individual or business just trying to do something new or different and daring to put in the time, effort and money to make it happen and in every case, there are those who point out every problem, every reason why it won't work, can't work, shouldn't work, is too expensive, doesn't look good, ... you name it. It's so easy to be negative, it takes no effort, but building and doing is hard work. I admire it and I want to tell everyone about it.
If you know of anyone doing something you believe deserves some recognition (maybe even YOU?) and The Kneeslider has not covered them already, drop us a line with a few details. We can’t possibly cover everyone but we can highlight a few, maybe shining some light on their work will give them a boost and give you some ideas, everybody wins!
Let's get this recession behind us, we need more doers. 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!
Don't let the recession become an excuse! If you want to start a new motorcycle business, do it. Build a new bike, do it. Learn a new skill, do it. There is nothing stopping you. Already in business and you're having problems? Fix it! Don't watch the news listening to people who keep telling you how bad it is and what you can't do. Identify the real problems and think of NEW ways to solve them. If the old ways worked, you wouldn't be having problems. Think out of the box and take action. Start today!
A recession isn't charts and graphs and unemployment numbers, it's an opportunity to try something new, to test yourself in a changing environment, to take action to solve problems, to build, to learn, to improve. I'll be here bringing you as many examples of people and businesses trying and building and moving forward as I can find. I'm not taking part in this recession, I have better things to do. How about you?