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Thinkers, doers, taking risks and creating your future

Once opun a time, a young boy sent a letter to Peter F. Drucker to ask him a simple question:

“Mr. Drucker, how can I create something that will change the world?”

The answer of Mr. Drucker was as simple:

“Young boy: by thinking about something that would help people; and by doing it.”

There are thinkers, and there are doers. Thinking is great, many people have great ideas to change the, or their, world; but what these ideas worth if nobody is doing them?

If you have an idea to change the World, or an idea to change your world, the only person that can make it happen is yourself. You have to do it to make it happen: this is the only way. People can help you, sure, but the only person that can archive it is the idea’s originator, the person that has it and believes in it.

Doing something also bring risks. All actions have his lot of risks. Any action you undertake can lead to a success or a failure. The risks that you take are that the actions undertook failed.

Personally I see failure as an essential part of learning. I fail therefore I learn. It is probably why I take risks and that I can live with my failures: because I know that I learned from taking these risks, doing these actions, and failing in some way.

However, is because you do not take risks that you do not fail?

“People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.
– Peter F. Drucker

Taking risks, doing actions, succeeding or failing, will inevitably change your future. However, what this future will be? What it could be? Will it be better or worse than your current situation? Will you be happier or not?

“The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different.”
– Peter F. Drucker

Personally I believe in something: if I take risks, if I make decisions, if I do actions, and if I succeed or I fail, I do it for one thing: to try to predict the future to make me liking my life.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
– Peter F. Drucker

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
– Steve Jobs

Finally, you have to do it for yourself; you have to get rid of the social pressure that could urge you to do what everybody else does. Live your own life, not the one of your society, your neighborhood, your friends, your family or parents wants you to have.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. “
– Steve Jobs

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5 thoughts on “Thinkers, doers, taking risks and creating your future

  1. Hi Fred,

    “if I take risks, if I make decisions, if I do actions, and if I succeed or I fail, I do it for one thing: to try to predict the future to make me liking my life.”

    I totally agree with you on this

    BTW some really nice thought invoking quotes. thanks for that.

  2. Hello Sudar!

    Thanks for your comment. I am happy to see that people share the same view. Is it the good one? I do not know, but I know that it works fine for me (it’s probably what is important).

    Hope everything goes fine for you in India!

    Salutations,

    Fred

  3. Hi Fred, I am about to take one of the biggest risks in my life, but deep down inside my inner voice tells me that it’s the right thing to do, it’s what I need to do. Your writing is just what I needed to assure myself that I am doing the right thing, that I’ll be alright no matter what happens.
    Thanks.

  4. Hi Joey,

    If this can help you creating your future and changing your life, and the life of people around you, and this in a good way; then I will have succeed with this writing.

    Good luck and have faith in what you do!

    Take care,

    Salutations,

    Fred

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