Vision Without Action Is a Daydream

My friends at Walk the Talk Company have published four of my books. The other day, they sent me an email discussing one of their new publications Sticking to It: The Art of Adherence. I do a lot of consulting in the pharmaceutical industry. Adherence is a term you hear there frequently. It refers to whether or not a patient takes the medication he or she is prescribed. Does he or she adhere to the treatment plan prescribed by the doctor.

In Sticking to It, adherence is defined as sticking to your career management plan. The author offers a simple formula…

Focus X Competence X Passion = Adherence

You’ll notice that this is a multiplication formula. And, if you remember, when you multiple anything by zero, the end result is zero. In other words, if you have zero focus, or competence, or passion, you will have zero adherence to your career management plan.

This reminded me of the advice I offer in Tweet 40 in my book Success Tweets: 140 Bits of Common Sense Career Success Advice, All in 140 Characters or Less

“Vision without action is a daydream. No matter how big your plans and dreams, they’ll never become reality until you act on them.”

The point is here simple common sense. You have to focus on what you want out of your life and career. You have to gain the necessary skills to get there. And, you have to act on your life and career success goals with passion.

You can make all the plans you want, but without focus and passionate action, you’re just daydreaming. Daydreaming is usually a waste of time. You have to act. Reminds me of the Henry Ford quote, “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

So while it’s important to plan out your career success strategy, it’s even more important to enthusiastically act on those plans to make them reality.

Your career mentor,


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