Just Talk or Tackling Tasks that Make Real Progress? Stop the Broken Record!

Tonight at dinner, my son, John, said if I was going to write about excellence that I had to tell people not to talk so much and to actually do something about the things they're talking about. Spoken like the true introvert that he is, I think he makes a great point.

Albert Einstein said,

“If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.”

Proverbs 14:23 says

“All hard work brings a profit but mere talk leads only to poverty.”

Talk is not a problem. Mere talk is. If all you do is talk about your problems and never do anything about it, that is a bigger problem.

Some people live life like a life-long broken record. Play it backward or forwards and it is always the same song. May it never be!

What do you talk about all the time? What are you doing about it?

Let's turn talk into tasks that make real progress for a change. Enough talk.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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