Why “Taking action” is overrated bullshit

Take action, take action, take action.

That’s every successful person’s favourite line.

If you need help or want to learn something from someone, that’s probably the “best” advice you’re going to get.

And it’s annoying as fuck.

It is to me.

The problem with merely “taking action” is that it misleads.

It misleads people into thinking that you should just keep taking action for the mere sake of it, regardless of whatever the task may be.

Then you think you’re “learning” and “growing” just because you’re taking those steps.

Then you get happy, like “Hey look at me! I”m taking action! Yay! That’s probably good enough for today”.


That works, but you may be fooled into thinking you’re progressing well as you think you’re following this adage that all successful do (therefore, you’re on the right track).

You should step that shit up. Are you ready to fucking step it up?!

This is what you should do: Take action with experimentation.

That means getting out of your comfort zone and doing things that make you uncomfortable.

That means trying out new shit, shit you never thought you’d ever do in your life.

That means feeling the fear, and doing it anyway.

That means waking up, telling yourself you wanna do something different today, getting it done and going back to bed reflecting and knowing that you really did something for the day.

Why do any of this?

Because nothing beats gaining clarity through your own emotions. By experimenting, you FEEL like mad. Even if you “fail”, you gain a shit ton of clarity. 

That’s how you really step it up with taking action.

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  1. Lee Stevens - May 13, 2013 11:25 am

    Hi Alden,

    Nice post. I agree that there is an emerging breed of bloggers and authors chucking this “action” crap down our throats.

    Sometimes, it feels like you are trying too hard to “find your passion”. But you are taking “action” so hey that’s alright eh?

    • alden - May 13, 2013 4:56 pm

      Sure. I guess only you can decide. But I think it’s better to step that shit up all the time, rather than blindly taking action for the sake of it and because others said so.

      If you’re just taking action without any form of expectations, then how different are you from an employee who’s doing work at the office?


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