Talk is cheap. Execution is everything.

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A very popular quote, that you can find in many languages with almost the exact same meaning : Talk is cheap. Execution is everything.

This quote is so poplar that it span out of hundreds of different quotes with similar meanings, including:
People don’t care about what you say. They care about what you build – Mark Zuckerberg
It’s easy to have ideas, it’s very hard to turn an idea into a successful product – Jeff Bezos
Dreams are a dime a dozen. It’s their execution that counts – Theodore Roosevelt
There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them – Seth Godin
Ideas are worthless. Execution is everything – Scott Adams
The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.

Here’s some similar quote from other languages:

Grand parleur, petit faiseur : Talk much, do little.
Parler ne coûte pas cher : Talking costs little.

Let’s dissect this adage:

Talk is cheap. Execution is everything.

This is a bit different than the quotes we mentioned previously, as it does not attack the concept of ideas as worthless. Instead it is stating that talking about something is easy and does not matter much. While doing the action is what matters most.
You can apply this quote to anything, and you would always find yourself agreeing with it!
Launching a business : You can dream and talk about it as much as you want, it does not matter. What matters is launching it.
Writing a book, going on an adventure, learning a new language, moving to another country, and so on …. Execution matters.

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Abdallah Alaili

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