Build Something

If the economy is doing badly and you can’t find a job, then why are you wasting hours that could be used to build something?  Everything you do is about converting work hours to something valuable.  Valuable things translate into fans or money.  Complaints and laziness translate into lost opportunity.

The Nature of Knowledge Work

You really are without excuse.  There are too many people out there doing what you may not have the guts or diligence to do.  We live in a free society.  Noone is stopping you from going after your dreams, your passions or your freedom.

We live in the age of knowledge work.  A keyboard and an internet connection affords you the opportunity to change the world.  Take this article for example.  You and I are connecting through this medium, though I write in a time and space distant from you.  We can still connect.  Multiply that by the thousands of hours I have spent repeatedly connecting and it accounts for the head start I have gained by being willing to execute and doing the hard labor of thinking and building something.

What’s stopping you?  Fear?  Laziness?  Those are the typical culprits which are not called out in our society.  We sympathize rather than articulate the truth.

Knowledge work is the game we are in today.  You have a sea of knowledge to consume and redistribute into something worth buying.  You can learn to build sites, give advice, promote products, assess hardware, code software, broker deals, or whatever your heart desires.  All the knowledge exists.  The question really comes down to ….

Will You Work

I teach my children a deduction every day.  They complain, as all children do, of how hard something is.  I push back.  I ask, “Do you have to do this work anyways?  How long would it take you?”  The answer may be 30 minutes or an hour and a half.  They know what’s coming.  I say, “Then just work the hour and a half.  It’s just work.”

The emotion is gone.  The laziness has a spotlight on it.  It’s about whether they will just hunker down and execute.

Your work is the same.  Everything can be broken down into segments of time.  I don’t sympathize with your fears or excuses.  There’s too many other people who don’t care and just execute.  They are your competition and your accusers.

Here’s the message: stop feeling sorry for yourself and just execute.  You may surprise yourself on how far forward you push the ball if you just build something.  Surprise me and leave a comment that you actually did something instead of waiting for someone else to do something for you.

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

2 thoughts on “Build Something

  1. I agree! It’s easy to set back and play the victim. What’s not as easy is what Nike says. “Just do it”. While others will argue why not, impossible, can’t, won’t or don’t, winners are making things happen.

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