Talk Is Cheap & Action Isn’t Everything

So many people get caught up in the Talk of other people and how great they are and what they help you do as long as you pay whatever they ask and they will tell you all there secrets. Let me just say that “Talk Is Cheap”.

I find it funny how we all get sucked in by the hype of peoples talk. The problem isn’t them per Se. The problem is we do not stick around long enough or hold off long enough before we make that impulse decision to see if what they are spewing is actually good for us. We never THINK about what is being said. WE just jump for the idea of becoming rich without any regard of our own ability to do it.

Then we get the ACTION part of the equation which no ones seems to look at. However, action isn’t everything. I know many people that got involved in real estate investing, online marketing, network marketing and did all these action steps just like the Talking people said to do. And, guess what happened??? Nothing….well except for the money they spent and the frustration and aggravation that followed.

Now, I am not saying that these marketing geniuses aren’t real or haven’t done what they said they did. The question I am raising is: Are you gonna do what you say you are going to do? And, do you have the right mindset to do it?

You see, if you took a half a minute and really sat down and thought about the next program you were going to buy (or business you were going to get into), the steps you were going to take (or not) to make it happen and planned out a time frame that you could actually accomplish something, you would cut years off your quest to reaching your dreams.

But, it is more than that. Here is the equation you need to make it all happen: Mindset + Talk + Action = Success or failure. Listen, this is critical. You can talk a great game to others but you better be talking a better game to yourself. You can get into action like no other but your mindset better be in the right place. If not, then disaster is just around the corner.

Now, I know there are people who jumped at a chance to start something and became very very successful. And, if you listen to then afterward they will tell you…no no they will show you that they were in sync (Right Mind + Right Talk + Right Action = Success). Also, you will find out that they more than likely went through struggles and situations in other programs (businesses) before everything came together and they hit it just right.

You don’t have to go through all of that. The problem is Everyone acts with emotion. An emotion so strong that at that very moment you think you can do anything (and at that moment you probably can). However, this emotion subsides and guess what….your left with the you before you got all hot and bothered. Yes, the you that has signed up for seventeen different programs before (all emotional saying you were gonna do this or that).

The time has come people to start taking your life seriously. You want to be an entrepreneur? Great start acting like one by slowing down and not acting on such strong emotional impulses just because some creative copy writer hit all your buttons and you bought it hook, line and sinker. I know I know….I bought thousands of dollars worth of stuff (you should see it..makes me laugh now).

So what do you do? Take those emotions and put them into action but first suppress them, sit down and figure out what you want to do, write out a plan of attack, research the best home-based business for you and then UNLEASH THE CRAZED EMOTIONAL YOU that will put in 12-15 hours a day trying to figure it all out. If you do it this way you will at least be following some sort of plan and not be all over the place. The other benefit is you won’t quit so easily because you will have a time frame built in, which you use to do what it takes to become successful.

Here is a tip: when you find yourself reading something (or if you are sitting up at night watching the infomercials) and grabbing for your wallet to pump in your credit card, stop and ask yourself these questions (Answer them honestly):

  1. Am I really going to do this?
  2. If I could start any home-based business, would this be it?
  3. When am I going to do this (what days, times during the day, etc.)?
  4. What skills would I have to learn to become successful?
  5. What time frame am I going to give myself to become successful (forever OR as much as I need is not a good answer – you need to structure it a bit)
  6. Is this something that I am going to enjoy doing or am I chasing money? (If you are just chasing money you will quit if success doesn’t come quickly – even then you will probably quit soon after to try something else)
  7. Who in this business that has had success can I follow as my mentor?
  8. How much money am I willing to put towards this business?

There are many more but I think you get the point. If you can ask, and answer,  those questions honestly and still be pumped about the opportunity, you just increased your chances of success 1,000%.

I could probably write another two pages on this but will end it here. If this helps you out or you like what you read and want to share, please leave a comment. Thanks much!


  1. This is great! I used to make impulse decisions & leave the thinking out. It’s important to step back and evaluate a decision before making it. You tips are a great place to start!

  2. Hi Paul, loved this post. You are RIGHT ON! Everyone needs to stop and think
    will this business help me in who and what I want to accomplish. Thank you for the insite and being real. Look forward to reading more posts from you.

    • Paul McGarry says:

      Thanks Paul & Linda. I wrote this out of frustration dealing with a client who buys everything because of no self esteem. Every time he would read some compelling copy out came the credit card. It is amazing how much power some people give away!

  3. You are so right Paul.

    We have all done the impulsive purchase once or twice.

    I’m bad at auctions. LOL

    It’s like I have a helium balloon tied to my hand and Up it goes.

    Great post!

    - Roland Leveille :)

    • Paul McGarry says:

      Roland, Thanks for the comment. I am sure I will do it again in the future once (or twice) but not in relation to a new business or venture. I have spent money on things in the past that I am not even sure I ever received. lol. Man that was so long ago. And, I have stories about helium but maybe another time!

  4. Edward says:

    Hey Paul,

    This is so true! Many of us get so whipped up into a frenzy with things that are presented to us that we do not take the necessary steps to make a good decision about it by asking the right and tough questions. The list as you say is much bigger than you shared for sure!

    Make it a great day!
    God Bless,

    • Paul McGarry says:

      Ed – thanks for the comment. I can remember like it was yesterday doing some of these things. Thankfully I got some great coaching and mentors who at first ask me the tough questions until I could do it for myself. Talk soon!

  5. Lidia Abadia says:

    Great article Paul. I love infomercials, and have purchased many things from them. Did I follow through…well I think you answered that question :) As for the business part, I have to say spending money before I figured it out was crazy. Especially in Real Estate. Setting goals and having a talk with yourself is really important, but even more important is finding someone who is doing what you want to do and learning how they run their business. Once you do …things change forever!

    • Paul McGarry says:

      Hey Lidia…thanks for the comment. I am glad you liked it. I know we talked about this type of behavior in our book club and such. Having great people around you is one of the best ways in the beginning to stop you from going down the road of disaster. I think it is critical to look at your associations, find mentors to help guide you and read the good books (and implement) to develop you. Looking forward to this month’s book club!

  6. Paul,

    Great article. I wish you would have wrote this some years and a few hundreds of
    dollars ago…lol. I have definitely been caught up in emotion not only in network marketing but everyday stuff in life. After reading this , I find it so very true that if we sit back relax and ask ourselves the questions you posted, most of us would be better off, and a few hundred dollars or hours saved.

    Thanks man, good post!

    • Paul McGarry says:


      I know what you mean. I have spent thousands of dollars, lost thousands and made thousands. Sometimes even sharing this information there are those that will still go out and compulsively buy and hope that it is the ship coming in. We both know how that ends for 99.9% of the people.

      Appreciate your comments.

  7. Mattgeib says:


    Great insight…I too have a good ‘Degree’ in IM paid about 30grand for it LOL

    Sometimes my problem has been more about Procrastination than Impulse,,,I guess there is a fine line between Taking Action when needed & really evaluating something in a logical way…Perhaps we could discuss that sometime.

    Matt Geib The Great

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