To Find Oil You Have to Drill Wells

Tom Peters, quotes a successful Canadian oil and gas wildcatter in his book, “Big Ideas.”  Here’s the quote:

“This is so simple it sounds stupid, but it is amazing how few oil people really understand that you only find oil and gas when you drill wells.  You may think you’re finding it when you’re drawing maps and studying logs, but you have to drill!”

Where in life do you bring value?  If you’re in:

  • Sales, you have to sit in front of a customer and ask for the business
  • Shipping, you need to send product out the back door
  • Medicine, you have to attend to a patient
  • Construction, you have to get something built
  • Ministry, you have to build a relationship with someone
  • Retail, you have to sell something to somebody
  • Food service, you have to cook a meal

And so on.

The person who actually does the most value-related stuff is going to win!  Value. Related. Stuff.

Not busy work.

Not planning to do value related stuff or talking about how you’re going to do value related stuff, but really doing it.

So I’m just going to give you some quotes this morning from people who know what they’re talking about when it comes to bringing value:

“We have a strategic plan.  It’s called doing things.”

-Herb Kelleher, Past CEO Southwest Airlines

“We ground up more pig brains”

-Nobel winner in medicine on his secret of success, performing more experiments than his peers

“You miss 100% of the shots you never take”

-Wayne Gretzky

“The path to success is to take massive, determined action”

-Tony Robbins

“Do you want to know who you are?  Don’t ask.  Act!  Action will delineate and define you.”

-Thomas Jefferson

“Action is the foundational key to all success”

-Pablo Picasso

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage.  If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it.  Go out and get busy!”

-Dale Carnegie

“Expect nothing.  Blame no one.  Do something”

-Sign hanging in the NY Jets locker room

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