You Already Know Enough To Succeed


Do me a

Read this post quickly – then go do something enthusiastically.

Take action.


There is a world of difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it.
-Bill Phillips.

Those words from Bill Phillips both motivate and haunt me. What do they do for you?

Do they remind you of a time when you chose to be a person of action, took on a big challenge, and kicked its ass?

Or does it remind you of all those plans you could have, should have, would have executed if only…

  • The timing was better…
  • You had more money…
  • You had more free time…
  • Yadda, yadda, lorem ipsum, blah, blah, blah…

Excuses. All of them.

I’m not throwing stones – I’ve done it too. More than I care to admit.

But here’s the thing:
You already know most of what you need to know to succeed at whatever you put your mind to.
(Tweet this quote)

Now here’s the other thing:
As humans, you and I have a tendency to stall.

You want to research just a little more, to think a little more, to read one more article, to attend one more seminar… to do just one last Google search.

And when you get everything lined up just right… then… THEN you’ll execute! Yep. When that day comes you’ll execute like crazy. But in the meantime… just a little more research.

So what’s really stopping you?

You already know enough to take action. You already know how to succeed.

In fact action is the only difference between you and all those successful people you look up to.


Do now.

There is a world of difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it.
-Bill Phillips.

So true.

You already know so much.

Of all that knowledge and experience you have there in that amazing brain… which thing will you act on today?

Whatever it is, do it with gusto.

And then come back and tell me about it. I have a feeling it’s going to be one hell of a story!

About Gary Korisko

Gary is a battle-tested sales and marketing pro, copywriter, coach, and business strategist who teaches how to create worthwhile work on Reboot Authentic. Connect with Gary on Google+ and Twitter.

17 Replies

  1. Your post sounds like the talk I’ve been having with myself since New Year’s Day! That’s funny… Did you hear the voice in my head, too?

    1. HI Mia.

      Yeah – Interesting how similar we all are, isn’t it? It’s very easy to find reasons not to start. So what’ve you been working on, Mia?

      Nice to hear from you!
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  2. Your post reminds me of a malady I’ve suffered from way too often in the past: analysis paralysis. I love to research and I love to think … but it’s not any good unless you do something with it.

    Just before I saw your post, I already did exactly what you suggest. I stopped thinking and mulling and I just sat down and started writing. Not that I wasn’t thinking while I wrote, but I put my thinking into action. The day flew by, and my post is posted.

    Onward and upward. 🙂
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    1. Ahhh… Analysis Paralysis. I know it well. 🙂

      Thanks for joining in T.O. — and for all the social shares on this post. I appreciate it!
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  3. Or, maybe it is ‘you know that you don’t know’ that keeps you from taking action? That intense gut feeling that what you ‘don’t know’ just might be the clincher?

    The morbid thought that you will wait for when you have nothing more to lose and then risk doing and failing by taking a shot in the dark.

    But, to put what Bill Phillips meant, in perspective is, that your steps have to be measured and aligned with your level of knowledge. Or,else you have hared off to fail.
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    1. I agree with your point… with some asterisks.

      I don’t know anyone who succeeded permanently without risking failure. As for taking a shot in the dark, there are degrees, right? You wouldn’t wing attempting spinal surgery… but it’s fine to take a stab at something new like writing an article – or taking on a new task professionally that you’ve never tried before.

      Your comment twice mentions not failing. Certainly don’t put yourself in situations where failure equals death or calamity… but other than that, failure can be a springboard to better things.

      Great thoughts, Terence. Thanks for sharing!
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  4. Excellent post! The affliction you describe is all too common, and I have suffered from it myself. I am learning that it is better not to wait for circumstances to be perfect. Instead, start with enthusiasm, a willingness to learn, and a flexible attitude. For example, in the last two months I’ve decided to teach myself how to blog. I knew NOTHING when I started! But I started and am simply learning as I go. It’s been so much fun! I still have so much to learn, but now at least I know what I need to learn. There are times in our life when we are simply too busy, but be careful about putting off doing the things you really want to do because you might find you never get to them. Thanks for reminding us of that Gary!

    1. For sure, Carina.

      A lot can be learned quickly by jumping in and getting your hands dirty! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  5. Hey Gary. Long time, no talk. Nice, short, pithy post. I like it!

    I’ve made some small movements in that regard. I’ve enrolled in a beer appreciation course in the hopes of generating tons of blog ideas, as well as meeting interesting people and making some great contacts in the industry. We’ll see how it goes, but it’s a start. Better than what I’ve been doing.

    BTW, CommentLuv is not liking my site. Gave me some sort of error when looking for my latest post. Don’t know code at all, so I have no idea what’s going on.

    Thanks, Gary!

    1. Hey Dean!

      Not sure what was happening there with CommentLuv. Maybe just a temporary hiccup?

      It sounds like you’re taking action. I think it’ll pay off for you. You have a great idea in an area that can support that idea. Keep plugging!

      How’s going? You should get in touch with me when you have time. It’d be good to catch up.
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  6. Hey Gary, I like this post! It’s so true, the main reason why people aren’t successful is because they don’t take action.

    Small action steps are the best. You do one – and then you do the next one. It feels easy but you are actually moving closer to your goal.
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  7. You are completely right here Gary. Failure to act is preparing to fail.
    The more we postpone action, the more we drift away from the right thing to do.

    Great call to action
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  8. I’m going to run to get in shape after this post :)) Thanks!

  9. Thank you so much for this Gary!

    You gave me the kick In the pants to leave and figure out how to build a self hosted site. I’m not a techie, so every tiny, stinkin step I have to Google or watch YouTube tutorials on, but I did it! 🙂

    Thanks for the reminder. Subscribing to your mailing list.

  10. Wow. Simple and profound. Thank you for this “Kick in the Ass.” 🙂
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