The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.

“The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

― Nolan Bushnell

Welcome back to another edition of The Poster Boy Podcast, this week we’re discussing the difference between dreaming and doing. Our quote comes to us from American businessman Nolan Bushnell, who knows a thing or two about the difference between dreaming and doing: He founded Atari in the ’70s and is considered one of the founding fathers of the video game industry. 

Forget just creating a company, he was instrumental in creating an entire industry. But the steps that got him there are the same for any entrepreneur, and it begins with the simple act of doing. Chad and Drew talk about the dreams that initially fueled them, and the realization that merely dreaming about something was never going to be enough. 

Even the dreams that they had growing up were directly influenced by their surroundings — when they began “doing,” they were able to grow so far beyond what they ever dreamed of. What had initially been the perfect goal looks like small potatoes to them today.

It’s Not Complicated

The odds are that if you’re young and consider yourself a budding entrepreneur, you’re looking for that magic elixir that will make your dreams reality. There’s no magic, but it’s even more straightforward than that. As Bushnell says, “The true entrepreneur is a doer..” 

Nike had it right: you have to just do it. Doing isn’t something that happens to you. It might seem daunting, but you start by doing one small thing to create your company, and then you do the next thing that comes along, and then after that, you do the next step. 

And the great thing about all of this is that you’re so busy doing that you don’t need to dream anymore. You’ll be dealing with real, tangible projects that you can do. 

Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret was an eye-opener for Chad. The laws of attraction that it focuses on work by speaking things into action, which is ultimately the conscious act of transitioning from dreaming to doing. 

It’s All About the System

An entrepreneur that does will also grow. A system that keeps you organized and lets you scale is vital for your business. David Allen’s Getting Things Done was a powerful tool for Chad and Drew in developing systems to manage their workflow. Steps like defining, organizing, and prioritizing have allowed them to do

With a great system that works for you, you can ultimately begin to automate and bring even more growth. If this all sounds like a lot, it is, and it isn’t. After all, you have to start with the first step. As Drew puts it, the moment you commit to the first step of whatever system you build, you’ve “already started” your business.

If you’re ready to follow Bushnell’s advice that “the true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer,” check out this episode and learn how to be selective in where you invest your time. Just do it.


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