You Can’t Hope To Make Progress In Areas Where You Have Taken No Action -Epictetus

Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher. I like this quote because it does address a very important point when it comes to wannabe entrepreneurs.

Tangible progress is a result of proactive effort and action. If you want to see improvements in a certain area, you need to take the necessary steps, make decisions, and put in the needed work.

In other words, you can not have a successful project, if you are only planning and not actually working on it.

You can’t hope to make progress in areas where you have taken no action.


You can’t hope to make progress: The first part of Epictetus statement, highlights the point that simply wishing or hoping for progress is not enough. Passive desires or aspirations alone will not lead to meaningful advancements.

In areas where you have taken no action: The first part of Epictetus statement, highlights the key idea, that progress requires active participation, requires action. If you haven’t done anything or taken steps in a specific area—whether it’s personal development, career, or any other aspect of life—then you shouldn’t expect to see positive changes.

This quote can be classified in the category of ideas vs action, similar to:
Steve Jobs : the best ideas have to win
Talk is cheap. Execution is everything.
People don’t care about what you say. They care about what you build – Mark Zuckerberg
The only impossible journey is the one you never begin – Tony Robbins
Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration – Thomas Edison
Good ideas are always crazy until they are not – Elon Musk – Larry Page
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
You have to believe it before you see it. – quote by unknown
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. – Albert Einstein
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.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. – Anatole France

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Abdallah Alaili

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