A long time ago, a scholar once asked the Greek orator, Demosthenes, what the three most important traits of speechmaking were. His response was clear and concise: “Action, Action, Action!”
It’s extremely easy to blow concepts way out of proportion. We lead ourselves to believe that there’s a special recipe for things like success, and with enough time and study, we can discover it. However, the lessons of history tell us that this just isn’t so. Success isn’t discovered; it’s created.
What do Steve Jobs, Ulysses S. Grant, and Thomas Edison all have in common? Each one of them blazed a trail to finish the task at hand. They may not have had an exact recipe for their success, but through hard work and determination, they reached their goals in the end.
Sometimes, all you need to do is take action. You might not know what you’re doing, but that’s to be expected. Just keep taking action. Do what Benjamin Franklin said to do: “Continue to reach out.” You’ll be a be a better man for it.