The Doing of the Thing

There’s a quote from badass comedienne and rad girlboss Amy Poehler that has always resonated with me as a boss. But before I truly understood it, I was a little perplexed. I didn’t quite get it.

“You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing. That is what I know,” writes Poehler in her 2014 memoir Yes, Please (highly recommend, btw).


This is so true. But it wasn’t until I heard a recent Gary Vee podcast that I truly got it. I had been working on a few collaboration projects that had fallen through because my partners had not finished their portion of the work. Actually, I’m not sure they ever started. So I was left with the responsibility of doing their work after doing my work, because I always follow through.

After that happened a couple of times, I made a decision: I will no longer work with people who waste my time.

I only collaborate with people who execute. Who deliver. Who follow through.

Gary Vee’s podcast, around that time, discussed ideas and how worthless they are. Everyone has ideas. Rarely does anyone do something with them. Who cares if you have a billion-dollar business idea if you don’t put it into action?

Action is everything.

The doing of it is the thing.

That’s what Amy Poehler was talking about—worry, plan, and idea-generate all you want, it’s worthless if there’s no doing of the thing to back it up.

You want to start your business. AWESOME SAUCE! Go start. Right now.

Action is everything. What action are you taking today?

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