Do you want to be a man of action?

At the end the question goes down to:
“To act or not to act”

We look up to Steve Jobs and we admire in a certain way Hitler, Justin Bieber and Donald Trump too. For everyone who “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence” makes it to be a “man of the year of Time magazine” or among “Forbes’ 100 most powerful men“.
Would you like to be among them?
Most people don’t give a clear answer to this question. We become neither men of action nor men of inaction.
We are coded to survive and thus our deficit needs need to be fulfilled at all costs. There’s no question about fulfilling these needs.
Imagine someone preaching “DO NOT EAT, DO NOT DRINK, DO NOT HAVE SEX AND DO NOT DEFECATE”
He wouldn’t be too popular would he?
But when the guy who comes up and tells you “HAVE THREE COLLEGE DEGREES, MOVE TO ANOTHER CONTINENT FOR THE BEST OPPORTUNITIES AND AIM FOR THE HIGHEST” is just another wacko to ignore.
On the other hand, let’s be honest. Practically everyone with a serious message is ignored by most.
We aren’t programmed to solve the world’s great mysteries and live the best possible lives…
But, our brain has a part called frontal lobe that “handles your personality, along with a lot of what we think of as “thinking”—reasoning, planning, and executive function.” (WBW)
This piece of brain gives us a choice – to do more than what we are originally programmed to do and act more than just fulfilling our deficit needs.
So, action.
Yesterday I’ve read for over half an hour quotes from Steve Jobs. And as always when it comes to men-of-action, a bit of superficiality struck me. Then I found one quote that seemed essential to me:
Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.
For someone who bases his action on thinking and ration this is an essential belief for action. You have to believe that strengthening humanity by technology (let it be an iPhone or an atomic bomb) or by just helping someone (from curing children to giving a dime to a homeless man) makes a progress.
I have my doubts. I’m not a man of action and I’m not listed on any important lists.
And just like always in my life, I’m going very slowly forward, compared to the big names. For me, following my gut often means playing it quite safe – but it’s never letting my dreams go. I progress. I’m excellent at not being unsuccessful and all right at being successful.
This article is read by 5 people. (Thanks a lot for being one of them!)
This number will grow to 50, 500 and 5000 and probably more later.
Power often corrupts people and diverts them far away from what they’d like to be. This is something I try to avoid at all costs.

And all of this makes me NOT the right person how to be a man of action 🙂

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