These are two paragraphs that you could benefit from reading every day.
“Abraham Lincoln, one of my favorite philosophers, once said, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” The world rewards action not thought. And the world rewards implementation, not ideas. Yes, this book and others like it expound the virtues of contemplation, planning, soul-searching, and creative thinking. But the authors of all these books, myself included, assume that all these noble preliminaries will eventually lead to action. Unless you put action to your thoughts and deeds to your dreams, all your grand schemes will come up empty and will merely die along with you at the end of your life. You need to start doing something now. You need to take action today, no matter how slight, because all those tiny actions will pile up and enable you to reach the sky one day.
The cold, hard truth is that the world doesn’t pay you for what you know. The world pays you for what you do. The world doesn’t reward you for your imagination. The world rewards you for your actions and achievements. This is a simple principle, I know, but it is amazing to me how many people don’t get this. The majority of people I know, even the brilliant ones, get so bogged down in the planning and the conceptualizing that they never get out of the starting gate. When one or two of them finally take action, they finally manage to set in motion all kinds of things that propel them to success. Active people make things happen.”-Dave Martin, The 12 Traits of the Greats