I like to think about things. That has generally served me pretty well. I think before I speak. I think before I do. But lately, my think/do ratio has been way too high. I’ve spent too much time thinking and not enough time doing. That’s a problem.

A high think/do ratio isn’t worth much. I always chuckle when someone makes me sign a NDA. Ideas without action aren’t worth a damn. You have to do.

But the flip side is also true. My think/do ratio can get too low. I can get hyper focused and ignore other stuff. Then I miss opportunities and ideas. Doing without thinking is dangerous. Thoughtless action leads to dead-end careers, uninspired businesses and robo signing.

I don’t know what the magic number for think/do ratio is, but I know it’s something to think about…er maybe do something about.

Comments

  1. Both ratios can leave you very unproductive and unsuccessful. I can’t speak from experience. I think beginners really can get caught in think way too much and becoming paralyzed because of their fears/thoughts. Action is where it’s at!

    Torrey
    02/15/11 at 1:46 am
  2. Action is definitely where it’s at. Thoughtless action, though, can lead to problems. Thanks for the comment Torrey.

    Ryan
    02/15/11 at 11:19 am

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