Busy Does Not Equal Results

Key Takeaways

  • Successful entrepreneurs know that if they don’t produce results, they don’t get money.
  • Being busy does not mean you automatically get results; often times, just being busy puts you in neutral and you don’t grow.
  • Go after something you want and enjoy in order to achieve the results you want.

“Just the facts, ma’am.” That was Jack Webb playing Joe Friday in Dragnet back in the ‘60s. It’s a quote that makes me think of looking at results.

Entrepreneurs deal with this every day: if there are no results, they get no money. They’ve got to have results, which is some kind of value for their customers or clients, in order to receive anything back. Instead, we see people, sometimes ourselves included, who are just busy.

Being busy is like being that hamster on the wheel, just going around and around, but getting nowhere. My thing in life is that we are either growing or we are dying, and if you are going around in circles, then you are in neutral. And being in neutral is the same as dying, because again, you aren’t getting anywhere.

Instead of being busy, just going around in circles, creating unnecessary work, or tasks that don’t mean anything, go after something you want, something you enjoy, something that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning.

Whatever it happens to be, it’s probably going to be related to some kind of result. Either something you want for yourself, or maybe a loved one, something you get in commerce, or something you do for other groups you belong to. Whatever it happens to be, it’s going to deliver value and get results. And we grow a bit more every day by doing that.

Until next time, enjoy.


Gary Klaben is in our Glenview, IL office and serves our clients who are now located all over the country. Instead of being afraid of change, Gary is always looking at how technology will effect clients and bringing the best of it into the practice. Whether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.

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