Are You a Doer or a Dreamer?

November 3, 2011 by Aaron Scott Young

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

– Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s

I’ve found throughout  my career at Laughlin that upon telling people what type of company I work for, they often respond with, “Oh, that’s cool. I would love to own my own business, but…” and the sentence usually trails off into something along these lines:

“I just couldn’t stand not knowing what I kind of money I would make.”
“I can’t justify the risk.”
“My job has too much security to let it all go.”
“My idea really isn’t that good anyway.”
“How could I sleep at night knowing it wasn’t a surefire thing?”

I’d like to say I disagree with these types of responses and could brazenly reply, “Believe in yourself! Reach your dreams! Anything is possible!” However, several facts come into play at this point.

1. I don’t own a business.
2. I work for someone else.
3. I, too, am guilty of doubting my own ideas.
4. Sometimes the risk just doesn’t seem worth it.

While I am still young, and theoretically have a lot of time to ponder what career path, and job would best suit me, I believe I am in good company when it comes to the self-doubt and hesitation most of us feel when considering being our own boss.

Yet, facing the economic struggles out there right now, what’s the alternative? Job creation is at a near all-time low and times are looking pretty bleak in most industries. Factually, starting your own business truly is the best alternative right now as far as guaranteed employment is concerned.

But why doesn’t it feel that way? I believe Nolan Bushnell said it best, “The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

Bottom line, there is a difference between me and the rest of you out there blazing the trails for the worry-warts and security blanket dependants like myself. You are living proof that with an idea and some action, true success and dreams can be achieved.

I applaud the “doers” of the world out there and when I grow up, perhaps I’ll be more like all of you. For now, I dream. And hope to soon follow Bushnell’s advice and get off my butt and do something. But as of this minute, my office is just a little too cozy for me to leave…

What’s your advice to the dreamers of the world? How did you become a doer? Are you born with it? Is it learned? Who, if anyone, influenced you to take charge of your own destiny?

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