To be, is to do

“I tell my kids, what is the difference between a hero and a coward? What is the difference between being yellow and being brave? No difference. Only what you do. They both feel the same. They both fear dying and getting hurt. The man who is yellow refuses to face up to what he’s got to face. The hero is more disciplined and he fights those feelings off and he does what he has to do. But they both feel the same, the hero and the coward. People who watch you judge you on what you do, not how you feel.” – Cus D’Amato

Often times, we get caught up in the idea of something, or in the process of preparing to get it done. We never get past that stage for a long time, waiting for things to line up and for the idea to be perfect. In as much as I value proper and adequate preparation, I also understand that for a lot of things we are ever going to get done, the time may never seem right, and we may never seem prepared. It is okay to be yellow, that is your natural predisposition to doing anything brave that matters. Its your risk-averse, fear of the unknown, fear of failure and fear of rejection self talking to you.

A wise man once said, a life spent making mistakes is more useful and honorable than a life spent doing nothing. So, if you feel like you are on that path where your research is not significantly prodding you towards doing, or your research has lasted way too long, its time to start doing. The truth is, an idea is worth nothing until doing happens. To be, is to do. Don’t do so much doing that you forget to be. But understand that you cannot be if you do not do. You wise man, you.

Roll up your sleeves, don’t be a coward. Start doing.


Image Credit – Lavelda Naylor

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