Are You a Doer in Life?

Bill Abbate

There are a great variety of people on this earth that make everyday life interesting. You can find many talkers, thinkers, dreamers, and takers in the world, along with some doers and givers. These last two are those to whom we owe our very existence. What good is talking, thinking, dreaming, and taking if no one is doing or giving?

An interesting thing about the doers and givers in life is that few seek credit for their work. They do what they do for the inherent reward of getting things done. They are creators and enjoy creating. Most doers are also givers, an intrinsic characteristic of most creators. They do all of this to make our lives better, a reward in itself.

Plenty has been written about talkers, thinkers, dreamers, and takers. You can find countless articles and information on such people. Instead of droning on about them, let's focus on doers who give. They make the world go around!

What makes a doer?

Before discussing what a doer is and what they "do", let's turn to one of the most useful books to have ever been written, the dictionary. The Oxford Dictionary definition of doer is straightforward:

Doer (noun) a person who acts rather than merely talking or thinking.

An even better definition comes from Dictionary.com:

Doer (noun) - a person or thing that does something, especially a person who gets things done with vigor and efficiency. - a person characterized by action, as distinguished from one given to contemplation.

In today's instant everything society, can you imagine living without the doers in life? The world would be a far different place if left to only the talkers, thinkers, dreamers, and takers!

"Talkers are no good doers." William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

It is fascinating how many people must be doers on the job yet do not apply the same "vigor and efficiency" in other areas of their lives. The fundamental flaw in this way of thinking is that they work only in their lives, not on them. Let me explain.

Practically everyone is thankful for the many service industries that exist. These industries require many doers to survive. Whether it is a waiter, cook, store clerk, bank teller, truck driver, hotel staff, or any of the thousands of other jobs, everything ultimately gets done by those who must do something and do it in the moment of need. Otherwise, nothing gets done, and everything stops.

"A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer." Nolan Bushnell (1943-present)

Doing in vs. doing on

The vast majority of these doers are doing the same thing. They are working in their job. What other way is there to work, you ask? When most of these doers leave their job, they leave the doing behind. All of their doing is in their work or life, but they neglect working on their life. By failing to work on your life, you miss the opportunity of a lifetime. How could this be?

By working on your life, you better align yourself with the definition on Dictionary.com – you get things done with vigor and are known for your action beyond the norm.

These doers do more than just the work required of them in their job. They do things that take them beyond their jobs to make an impact on the world around them. People like Fred Smith (FedEx), Steve Jobs (Apple), Winston Churchill (British Prime Minister), Marie Curie (scientist), and Thomas Edison (inventor) each made an impact far beyond themselves and their work. They were truly doers in the world, accomplishing great things for humanity.

The difference between these doers and those who work in their jobs is that they not only talk, think, dream, and take, but they get things done. Things for which they are not paid. Things that make a difference. Things that matter.

Each of the aforementioned people had amazing accomplishments to their credit. Imagine what the world would have missed if any one of them was not a doer!

While few of us may achieve such world-changing accomplishments in our lives, the rest of the world depends on us. As a doer, we do not leave our work without thinking about working on our lives. What is one of the greatest ways to work on your life? By doing what you are at this moment. By using your ability to think and learn and following up on this new knowledge and experience by doing something. By taking action!

"The doer alone learneth." Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

We are the vital doers that change the world and rarely get credit for what we accomplish. We make a huge difference in the world, and it is better off because of us. All you have to do is look around you at the many things we take for granted in everyday life to recognize this fact. We have so many modern conveniences available because of the doers in life that the average American lives a better life than most royalty before modern times.

"The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition." Dwight Morrow (1873-1931)

While big-name doers like Henry Ford made travel affordable to the average person, it took many other doers to make the roads and highways, to open the gas stations, restaurants, and hotels to accommodate this newfound freedom. Everywhere you look, you can find something a doer made happen. All because they went beyond only doing the work needed in their life to live, and did something more to make it happen!

"The man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic -- the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Final thoughts

The next time you make a cup of coffee, drive to the store, shop, talk on the telephone, make a zoom call, surf the internet, or use the bathroom, think about those doers who created these things and everything else around you. Why not become a doer in your world? You may not become famous, but you will have contributed to society in a way only a doer can do.

Oh, and by being a doer, you will always find something to do!

"Creating without claiming, Doing without taking credit, Guiding without interfering, This is Primal Virtue." Laozi (6th-5th century BC)

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