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Well done is better than well said. – Benjamin Franklin
Or good deeds trump good words. It seems today that people are more impressed by a slick set of words, carefully crafted than they are by actual accomplishments. Perhaps I should take some joy from that. After all, I make my living using words.
I do not. I have always been more impressed by what people actually do rather than what they say. Words do not build bridges, move goods, or protect countries. While words may help develop the plans, in the end, it is those that actually do the actions that provide the results. The better they execute the plans, the better the results.
Ironically, the better someone is at doing things, the easier it is to underestimate the skill required to do that thing. A star athlete makes it look effortless — so simple anyone can do it. Yet a batting average of .333 – hitting the ball one time out of every three times you are at bat — is enough to ensure admission to the hall of fame. It is truly an example of easier said than done.
When measuring a person, look at their deeds, not their words. Talk is cheap. Accomplishments are hard.Published in