Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmm on...Knowing versus Doing




My last blog linked to Zenger Folkman’s May 25 webinar on Execution – The KEY to How Leaders Get Things Done with a discussion of knowing versus doing.

Common sense often isn’t common practice.

“With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know but we must try to have and use it”
– Aristotle

“He first practices what he preaches and then preaches according to his practice”
– Confucius

“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and statesman

“Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts”
– Hazlitt, English writer and philosopher

“In golf and in life, it’s the follow through that makes the difference”

“Vision without action is hallucination.”

“We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.”
– Abigail Adams, First Lady to 2nd U.S. president John Adams

“The great end of life is not knowledge but action.”
– Aldous Huxley (VIP – page 227), English novelist and essayist

“The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.”
– Booker T. Washington, American educator, author, and advisor to U.S. presidents

“Few men are lacking in capacity, but they fail because they are lacking in application.”
– Calvin Coolidge

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.”
– David Starr Jordan, founding president of Stanford University

“As I have grown older, I am no longer interested in just helping leaders learn — I am interested in helping leaders do.”
– Marshall Goldsmith, author and executive coach