Execution Trumps Knowledge

I was recently listening to a Tony Robbins podcast on Castbox – an awesome app, by the way, that I listen to while working out, cleaning the house, making dinner, etc. – and Tony said something that made me run to my kitchen for a pen and paper. I’m pretty sure he said them just for me and was talking directly to me.  Here it is:

“Execution trumps knowledge 100% of the time.”

That’s it. Not even a full line, but spot on for this blog and my life. I love to learn. I love reading non-fiction, I love listening to podcasts, and I even love helping my middle schoolers study for their tests so that I can re-learn what I once knew. If you sensed before that I might be somewhat of a nerd, you were right!

Tony’s words hit me like a ton of bricks. They pretty much sum up the point of this blog – take action – execute. Get past the learning stage and start using it for good. Share that knowledge with others, pass it along, do something with it. Put down the book, turn off the podcast, and write, or go speak to a group, or find a client and form your business plan, but do something.

Where would our world be if Edison had known how to make a light bulb, but never actually had made one? How would we get from place to place if Karl Benz hadn’t built on the knowledge of other German inventors and created the first true automobile? Would we still be travelling by ship to get to Europe if the Wright brothers hadn’t successfully built and flown the world’s first airplane? I think we can all agree that we’d probably still have light bulbs and automobiles and airplanes, but the names associated with those inventions would be different.

And that’s what is important. These men took action. Despite the fact that other inventors at the time were working on and most likely had the knowledge to make the inventions, those others failed to execute. The knowledge that Edison, Benz, and the Wright brothers possessed wasn’t completely unique. How they executed their knowledge was 100% unique and their names are the ones we remember.

This is not to imply that knowledge isn’t necessary or a key to success, but how we use that knowledge is more important. You and I don’t have to be experts to take action and we may face speed bumps, road blocks, and outright failures along the way, but those will only help us execute better the next time around.

How are you going to use your knowledge to execute today?

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