Last Update October 31st, 2016
Taking Action And Using Initiative: Do you know why business leaders and other people are so successful in what they do?
Simply, because they chose to take action.
Instead of wasting time, talking and thinking about what they could achieve, they just do it. Just like the Chinese proverb below.
You need to cook the rice, if you want to eat it.
In life it is all about committing. Taking the leap, and make things happen. These days with so much competition abound, you need to take the initiative.
You must have the guts, the heart and passion to ship, to quote from Seth Godin’s book “Poke The Box“.
He says the winners turn initiative into a passion and a practice.
Action is the word.
Below here is a list of the importance of taking action quotes initiate you to do it now.
“Want to be heard? Make some noise.” – by Quotationize
“Action is eloquence.” – William Shakespeare
“All know the way; few actually walk it.” – Unknown (Bodhidharma – unverified)
“If you only do what you know you can do- you never do very much.” – Tom Krause
(From the poem titled “Inspirations” by Tom Krause found in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III: More Stories of Life, Love and Learning By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Simon and Schuster, 2012)
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Unknown (Mark Twain/Agatha Christie – unverified)
“Ultimately, it’s all in the doing, and not just the planning and contemplating.” – by Quotationize
“I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.” – John Locke
(An Essay Concerning Human Understanding: An analysis of Mr. Locke’s Doctrine of ideas …. A defense of Mr. Locke’s Opinion concerning personal identity …. A treatise on the conduct of the understanding. Some thoughts concerning reading and study for a gentleman. Elements of natural …, Volume 6 By John Locke, S. Marks, 1825, Bk I, chap.III, No Innate Practical Principles; p.45)
(You can find it here too.)
“Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out.” (tra due e farsi guastano scarpe assai) – Italian Proverb
(A Polyglott of Foreign Proverbs, comprising French, Italian, German, Dutch, with English translations, etc By Henry George Bohn, London: Henry G. Bohn, York Street, Covent Garden, August 30, 1857, Italian Proverbs, F)
(You can also find this proverb in Italian version in: Collection of Italian Proverbs with a Literal Tr. Into English: For the Use of Those who are Learning Either Language, Edited by W. McGregor Logan, Seguin, 1830; p.52)
“The shortest answer is doing.” – Lord George Herbert
“We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.” – Unknown (Frank Tilbot – unverified)
“A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.” (لوبهم معك و سيوفهم عليك) – Arabian Proverb
“A good goal without executing it, is as good as no goal at all.” – by Quotationize
“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.” – Peter Marshall
(This quote is taken from the final prayer written by the late Rev. Peter Marshall. It reads: “Deliver us, our Father, from futile hopes and from clinging to lost causes, that we may move into ever-growing calm and ever-widening horizons. Where we cannot convince, let us be willing to persuade, for small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. We know that we cannot do everything. But help us to do something. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.”
The prayer was read by Dr. Clarence Cranford, minister, Calvary Baptist Church, of Washington D.C. before the Senate, on Thursday, January 27th, 1949.
This prayer is found in: The Prayers Of Peter Marshall By Peter Marshall, Davies, 1956.
You can see the full prayer mentioned in the article: “A Parson’s Perspective” written by Dr. William A. Baine on page 4 of The Bellaire Texan on Wednesday, November, 1963)
Here is the preview clip of the movie about Rev. Peter Marshall, titled “A Man Called Peter” :
“Don’t do what you sincerely don’t want to do. Never mistake motion for action.” – Ernest Hemingway
“There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.” – Mignon McLaughlin
“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” – 1 John 3:18
“Life is not about what you want to do, is about what you have done or what you are doing right now.” – by Quotationize
“A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion.” – Washington Irving
“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” – Walter Anderson
“Intention is nothing without taking any action.” – by Quotationize
“If ifs were gifts, every day would be Christmas.” – Charles Barkley
Note: You need to scroll down the page to find this quote mentioned in OCR Text.
“Skill to do comes of doing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Talk doesn’t cook rice.” – Chinese Proverb
“Content yourself with doing, leave the talking to others.” – Baltasar Gracian
“The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor.” – Jim Rohn
(The Treasury of Quotes By E. James Rohn, Jim Rohn, Brolga Publishing, 1994)
(You can view the quote here.)
“The most powerful way to shape our lives is to get ourselves to take action.”- Anthony Robbins
“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on man unless they act.” – G.K. Chesterton
(You can also find this quote in: Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton: The Illustrated London News, 1920-1922, Volume 32 of The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton, Gilbert Keith Chesterton By G. K. Chesterton, Ignatius Press, 1989; p.367)
“Great acts are made up of small deeds.” – Lao Tzu
Here is another link to this quote.
Another translation of this quote is: “The sage achieves greatness by small deeds multiplied.”
“Deliberation is the work of many men. Action , of one alone.” – Charles de Gaulle
“You can’t get rich on what you are planning to do.” – by Quotationize
“The one person who has more illusions than the dreamer is the man of action” – Oscar Wilde
(You can view the quote here too.)
“Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.” – Dr. George W. Crane
Note: Scroll down the page and you can find the quote in the OCR Text.
“We should judge ourselves by our motives, but others by their actions.” – William Nevins
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(This quote is also available here.)
“The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.” – Vance Havner
“Great things do not done just happen by impulse but are a succession of small things linked together. ” – Vincent van Gogh
Variants: “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
“For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone, and is a succession of little things that are brought together.”
(Saint-Rémy-de-Provence – Auvers-sur-Oise, 1889-1890, [772-902] Volume 1 of Vincent Van Gogh: The Letters: the Complete Illustrated and Annotated Edition, By Vincent van Gogh, Edited By Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten, Nienke Bakker, Thames & Hudson, 2009)
“He who has made a thousand things and he who has made none, both feel the same desire to make something.”- Antonio Porchia
Note: You won’t be able to see the quote, but when you type the quote in the “Search Inside This Book” box, it indicates there is this exact line on page 103.
“Action is result.” – by Quotationize
“All glory comes from daring to begin.” – Eugene Fitch Ware
“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.” – Henry Ford
“As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.” – Mahatma Gandhi
(The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi Volume 13: 12 March, 1919 – 25 December, 1920, 153. General Knowledge About Health [-XXXII], 12. Accidents: Snake-Bite, From Gujarati, Indian Opinion, 9-8-1913; p.241)
You can also find this quote here. Scroll down to page 241.
“Success is taking small successive steps.” – Quotationize
“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
“How can a man come to know himself? Never by thinking, but by doing. Try to do your duty, and you will know at once what you are worth.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Do not be wise in words – be wise in deeds.” – Jewish Proverb
“To get rid of doubts, get into action.” – Quotation
“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” – Jack Canfield
“Men expect too much, do too little.” – Allen Tate
“Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action for all eternity.” – Johann Kaspar Lavater
“As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” – Unknown (Andrew Carnegie – Unverified)
“All problems, personal, national, or combat, become smaller if you don’t dodge them, but confront them.” – Adm. William Frederick Halsey
(You can also find this quote here.)
“The best way to get out of a problem is to go through it.” – by Quotationize
“Knowledge, if it does not determine action, is dead to us.” – Plotinus
(This quote is also found here.)
“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.” – Joss Whedon
“Men may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.” – C. H. Spurgeon”
“I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the disciples, but a great deal about the Acts of the Apostles.” – Horace Mann
“It is well to think well ; it is divine to act well.” – Horace Mann
“The end of man is an action, and not a thought, though it were the noblest.” — Thomas Carlyle
(Another source of this quote: Sartor Resartus: The Life and Opinions of Herr Teufelsdröckh : in Three Books By Thomas Carlyle, Published By Chapman and Hall, 1831, Book II, Chapter VI. Sorrows Of Teufelsdrockh; p.109)
(This quote is also found in: The Christian Examiner, Volumes 21-22, O. Everett, 1837, Sartor Resartus In Three Books, September 1836 ; p.79)
“The history of the Church of Christ from the days of the Apostles has been a history of spiritual movements.” — Henry Parry Liddon
Check out this inspirational book by Gregg Krech.
It talks about using Eastern philosophy, Buddhism, Japanese psychology, Zen, and martial arts to offer an approach to ACTION that goes beyond productivity and time management.
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