Success follows action; action follows words


Leaders who seek success must first seek the right words. It’s been said that the beginning of any journey is the first step. Consider though, that before the first step is taken come the words that commit the traveler to the journey.

The impact of words on success:

Words can commit you to an action. Choose your words carefully or you may find yourself doing what you said just because you said it, not because it was right.

“The first step binds one to the second.” ~French Proverb

Words can convince others to follow your actions. Choose your words carefully as they will set the expectation for others’ actions.

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napoleon Hill

Words can continue past their intended use. Choose your words carefully as they will outlive the moment and may outlive you.

Remember the words of Mark Twain who said, “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”

2 Responses to Success follows action; action follows words
  1. Natalie Scholberg

    Great choice of words, Denis! Succinct and noteworthy morsels to share. Merry Christmas! BTW, I once worked for PNC Mortgage and I recall they published the annual cost of the Twelve Days of Christmas – do they still do that? It was a seasonal highlight …

    • Denis G. McLaughlin

      Natalie, thank you for your kind words. And yes, the cost of the 12 days of Christmas price index is still there and one of my favorites also.