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The Case of the I’mas: More Talk Than Action is Never a Good Thing

Sometimes it's best to let results speak for themselves

Real bosses move in silence (Thinkstock)

There was never any effort on his part to get started. As a result, I felt it a waste of time to spend any extra effort to help him, though his ideas were awesome. His wishy-washy, dream mentality was a turn off, and I’m sure prospective investors would have had a hard time taking him seriously.

The people achieving success, especially in their careers or in business, are doers, driven by trial and error. They are self-motivated and are too busy DOING; not talking.

One doer I know closed on a new condo, and though we’re tight like a Venus and Serena team-up, I knew nothing about it until visiting her new address. We laughed over dinner as she told me about how happy she was to own her first home.

Another entrepreneur friend of mine added beauty products to her fashion and beauty consulting brand recently. One day, as we were meeting to have a ladies night, she offered me a chance to try her body butters which were already packaged and available for sale. I knew nothing about it until that night.

A father and enterprising actor I recently interviewed just celebrated founding a publishing company he started with his daughter. “I saw the potential in my daughter and what she was offering … I asked her if she wanted people around the world to read her books. She agreed, and we just did it.”

Point. Blank. Period.

I find this to be a great skill to develop and cultivate—managing the chatter until the talk becomes reality. Less talk. More doing.

Unless talking will take you straight to the bank (hence my entry into the world of media, LOL), less talk and more action is often key to making moves for success in life.

Here’s a  challenge: If you have something you’ve always wanted to do, just do it. And if you have something you’ve been procrastinating about, talking won’t get you further to completing that task. Just get started.

Don’t be an I’ma. Time to show and prove.

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  • Alfred Edmond, Jr.

    Wow. Excellent post! Now shutting up and getting busy.

  • Felicia Joy

    Janell, I TOTALLY, TOTALLY, TOTALLY love this post. Very well stated and SO very true.

  • http://blackenterprise.com Janell Hazelwood

    Thanks so much Alfred and Felicia! I’m learning from leaders like yourself!!!

  • Brittney

    Wonderful post!!! No talk,all play:)

    • http://blackenterprise.com Janell Hazelwood

      Thanks Brittany :) I’m glad you enjoyed :)

      • http://blackenterprise.com Janell Hazelwood

        I’m sorry … it’s Brittney. Def. want to be accurate

  • L

    Whoa. Talk about a REALITY CHECK for me! I really needed that. Thanks Janell- that was some powerful stuff.

    • http://blackenterprise.com Janell Hazelwood

      I’m glad you enjoyed! And yes, def. a reality check for MYSELF as well :)

  • L.Campbell

    This is an excellent article! It’s spot on!

  • F

    Thanks Janell, I’m SO GLAD That you have written this post! I must admit I have been guilty of this, but am moving in that direction you mention… I’m shutting up and moving forward! Total agreement with L!

    • Lee

      looks great i hope it has music cortnol like ww/ oot/ mm .i miss playing ocrina songs on my game flute and i hope its the best game period..