In the game, there’s often a whole lot more talkers than doers.
It’s hard to believe but it’s the absolute truth.
It’s even so bad, than in the Bible itself, it is said,
See, even Jesus knew there was a whole lot of talkers around him who could spit a good game, but who were unwilling to do the stuff, walk the straight and narrow and do the work.
So that’s the problem we have with us today. I don’t care if you are a one-man startup like I am, or if you run a 100,000-people corporation, or are somewhere in between, you are probably doing a whole lot more talking than working.
If you know so much, go out there and prove it on the floor, before telling anyone you’re gonna do this and that or that.
This is a nuance that gets lost in translation.
People see a great famous trash-talker like Michael Jordan or Ali, and they think,
“I can do that! I can talk up a big game too!”
Yes, but can you slam the layups, drive and dribble your way to the paint, and serve technical knockouts like a chef delivering extra fries at a McDonald’s drive-thru?
Because, before Michael Jordan went out on the floor and talked trash to competitors, he’d already beat em where it mattered:
He’d outworked them in the preparation!
So, walking on that floor, he KNEW! They were beat. They just didn’t know it yet. So here he was, doing em a small favor, givin em the pointers in case it hadn’t broken thru yet.
What would it be like to go up into the ring against a boxer like that? Like Ali, who knows you are beat and done before you ever step into the ring.
The only way to stand a chance is one word: WORK!
If you or your people are doing more talking than working, I hate to break it to you, but you’re all going down. It’s only a matter of time before the market catches on.
People sometimes get caught up in the hype and forget the fundamentals.
They look at a glamor CEO like Steve Jobs and think,
“If only I could present like the guy!”
Without realizing that you can present all you want, Steve Jobs could present and hype the iPhone all he wanted, but if people actually bought the thing and took it home, and it sucked, that would have brought the building down. Apple as we know it could have crumbled.
This is probably why Microsoft has done so poorly compared to its internet competitors in recent times. The giant seems to have been resting on its laurels.
Guess what? The market catches on, sometimes pretty fast.
So before you talk about your big plans and your vision and so forth, you better be prepared to do a whole lot of work to make that vision a reality.
And before you come out here and tell us all about it, what should you absolutely, definitely do first and get right beforehand?