The Benefits of Doing

I have a slide that I use in multiple decks. It looks like this:

Knowing doesn't reap the benefits of doing.

As I write this entry, I’m back at my desk after several days away for work (haven’t been able to type that in a long while!). I spent time both in person and digitally with hundreds of engaging, smart people. I learned so much that I’m having trouble distilling it into something useful this morning. But my mind keeps coming back to that slide.

One of the events I spoke at last week was run by Thought Leaders Business School. I appreciate that program’s emphasis on action. (It encourages far more than thinking, despite its name!) Although I learn a great deal from the people there, as my grandma would say, “the proof is in the pudding.”

I do a lot of reading. I listen to a lot of insightful speakers. I participate in a lot of wise conversations.


  • Knowing I should exercise more doesn’t burn any calories.
  • Understanding the benefits of imagination doesn’t expand my vision.
  • Being able to describe the conditions needed for enhanced creativity doesn’t make me more creative.
  • Appreciating the nuances of group decision making doesn’t produce better decisions.
  • Realizing the importance of social connections doesn’t deepen my relationships.

Are there areas in your life where you need less knowing and more doing? I know there are in mine. Now, what will I do about that….?!

(One nudge toward more doing is accountability. If a summer coaching experience would be useful, reserve your spot now. Get it on the calendar!)

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