…there’s a great story that Earl Nightingale told about a group of ladies who went to a piano recital.
At the end of the show, the ladies buzzed around the woman saying how amazing she was and what a great time they had.
One woman told the pianist ‘I’d give anything to play the piano like you.’
The pianist lowered the cup of tea she’d been drinking and replied ‘No you wouldn’t.’
Surprised at the reply the group went silent.
‘I would, I’d give anything to play the piano like you.’
Again, the pianist shook her head. ‘You wouldn’t.’
Sensing the uncomfortable mood, she continued. ‘I’ve played the piano for twenty years and I’ve lost count of the number of hours I’ve practiced.’
It’s easy to say you’re going to be the next Stephen King, or you’ll own a blog as big as the Huffington Post, or that you’ll also be one of those folks that make a million bucks online.
The reality is a lot different.
The world’s full of backseat drivers, Monday morning quarterbacks, and those that would have done it better.
But there’s a reason why they’re backseat drivers, Monday morning quarterbacks, and experts on everything.
They’ve never shown up, done the work, embarrassed themselves, been laughed at, been booed at, and fallen down more times than they can remember.
Anyone can send a tweet about the new book they’re writing.
Anyone can post an ‘I’m killing it’ post on Instagram.
Anyone can tell the world ‘You remember my name, because the next time you see it it’ll be on a best-selling music album.’
Talks cheap, and so is a quote on a social media platform.
If you’re not prepared to do the work, don’t be telling the rest of us to watch out.
Prove it with your actions.
Because actions, as they say, speak a lot louder than words.
Something a few folks on social media should keep in mind.
Have a good one!