“Innovation is rewarded, Execution is Worshiped – Eric Thomas”
Hi there, hope you are having a good week. Today I just want to dive straight into it, it’s been that kind of week aye. I never really understood why execution is worshipped until I reflected on my own life. I realised how powerful the above quote was and how it can change your perspective. Once upon a time, you had the chance to be brave. Your name was selected, your number was called. You were the chosen one, at least for this particular moment on planet Earth. All eyes were on you, and the stakes were high.
It was a big moment. So what happened?
Not to put too fine of a point on it, or be brutal but what happened was … you caved. At the critical moment, you turned your back on the task at hand and it didn’t happen. End of story. Let me share with you why execution is worshipped.
You thought about taking a risk, but it seemed … too risky. You told yourself you’d do it later. Then you pretended you didn’t really want to do it. You lied to yourself, deciding that you’d be content without following your dream.
Slow and steady wins the race, you said. Better safe than sorry. A bird in the hand…
And so you went on to live an ordinary life, not entirely without happiness. You could still experience the highs and lows of this ordinary life. It was not a life devoid of meaning, for no life truly is.
But something was missing, and when you stopped whatever you were doing to look up at the stars, you could sense it. It didn’t bother you often, but it never fully went away either.
That time you could have … was now known as that time you didn’t.
You looked at a map and dreamed of a faraway place. You looked at travel guides and photos online, saved them on your phone. You picked up random trivia about this place. You reviewed a list of cute cafés and restaurants and beaches.
You never went.
The thought of speaking to a large group was scary, but you had something important to share. You imagined yourself in front of the audience, nervous yet confident, speaking well on a topic you believed in.
You backed out.
You fell in love, but didn’t show it. You let that person go, or you pushed them away. When you parted ways, you didn’t turn around or call out for them.
A time came for you to show up, speak up, to take a stand. You encountered an injustice—something that was cruel and unfair. The opportunity presented itself for you to speak up, take a stand, or at least do something … and you missed it.
(You told yourself it was okay, because the injustice was too big for you to have any real impact. I mean what does the average African know about racism)
Looking back, you wanted to rewind time and make the other choice. You realised that the real risk wasn’t in taking bold action—it was in passing up the chance to be brave. By playing it safe, you had left everything of value on the table.
All that was needed of you was execution, but you didn’t. All that people remember of you now is how you WERE passionate and how you HAD great ideas. Yet guess what, you are still alive but the world sees you in past tense.
I dare you today, take an honest look at your past like I did. Write down the moments you should have executed on but you didn’t. Do not justify your weak mentality then, but take full ownership of it and take the ‘L’. You lost that day but you are not a loser in life.
Great ideas and passion will be rewarded, we all all love innovative thinkers. Though the reason why execution is worshipped is because thinking alone is not enough.
Wake up from your trance, and decide to live differently. Since you aren’t dead yet, you still have time. Now go out there and go get it. There is excellence in execution. Go visit that place, write that book, become a great speaker. Tell that person you love them. Take that chance, it maybe the last one you will ever have.
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