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The Action Threshold

Fundamentally, I think life is about taking action. It's about drawing information from your surroundings, formulating that into a decision, and then finally acting on that decision. People who are successful and happy tend to be those who take a lot of action.

My beef with video games, TV, movies, and other sorts of passive entertainment isn't that there's NO value in them, or that they're fundamentally evil things. It's that they promote NOT taking action. When I see someone whose life is made up mostly of going to a mindless job and then coming home and indulging in passive entertainment, I think of their life as being on pause. Days spent that way just don't count. 

A lot of what I think about is what makes people take action and what makes people abstain from taking action. I think about times that I've taken action, and times that I haven't, I think about others around me and their relationship with taking action, and I think about how we can all take action more frequently.

So what does the title of this blog mean?

On A Driver Minded Guy Living in a Passenger Minded World

I had a subscriber recently email me this question and I found it ironic. For someone who constantly talks about clarity in communication, I kind of dropped the ball on this one. So, here's the answer to where I got the title, "Driver Minded Guy in a Passenger Minded World."

Driver Minded- One of the strongest strengths and weaknesses I have is my "driver" mentality. I am one who likes to get things done, often at the sake of creating awkward silences in planning meetings. Unfortunately, I haven't learned how to totally get around making others uncomfortable when the Driver comes out in me, but I have taken some of the edge off of it. I enjoy planning and creative sessions, but find equal enjoyment in getting action items together and most importantly... DONE! So, as you can imagine, this can create quite the conflict in this head of mine when I know I need to take the RPMs down but can't seem to find a way to do so.

Passenger Minded World- Unfortunately, I have noticed over the last several years the transition of most people to taking a passenger mentality. It seems so many people are afraid to make decisions and feel more comfortable allowing others to make the decision and they simply comply (and complain when no one is looking).

Frankly, these people drive me absolutely crazy. I am one who enjoys progress and a lot of times, have to remind myself not everyone thinks like I do. I also have learned, through many hard knocks, that it really is better to seek to understand prior to being understood.

Passenger minded people drive me crazy because sometimes, they have the best ideas, but just do not want to stick their neck out there. I have been through numerous meetings where I have sat next to a passenger minded person who had the best idea in the room. Had they not sat next to a big mouth like me, the idea would have gone unnoticed.

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