The title of this blog is a simple call to action and the words below are intended to be an encouragement rooted in personal experience. If these words find you in an overwhelming season of life, I hope that you feel seen and encouraged. No matter where you are, I hope that the message below resonates!


Over a year ago, I quit my full time job to take a chance, bet on myself and take ownership of my life. I reference this life event often because it’s served as such a profound springboard for growth and it leads me to the main point of this blog.

Sometimes we don’t know what to do, but doing something is often (not always) better than doing nothing.

Each week I drop a marble in this bottle to represent the time passed that I’ll never get back. Taking action is important to me because time is fleeting and wasting it is not an option.

Life can be chaotic, confusing and uncertain (among other things); I would argue that often times, we don’t have the answers that we would like. The thought of stepping out into the uncertain can leave us standing still; afraid to “do the wrong thing.” Over the past year, I’ve learned time and time again that doing nothing might be the worst decision we can make because it wastes time – the most valuable and fleeting resource that we have. Taking action can solve a lot of problems and the best part is that you don’t need the entire picture to make the first move; you just need to move.

Nothing changes if nothing changes.

While it’s great to hope, dream, think and plan, the truth is that nothing changes if nothing changes. Each step gives us a fresh perspective on where to take the next and as it’s been said, action creates clarity. We have to be impatient with action and at the same time, patient for the results. To reference some science (shoutout to Newton), we need to overcome the inertia that comes with going from rest to movement; from thought to action. When we take action, we plant seeds that have the potential to sprout long down the road (action creates opportunities).

Newton’s First Law: an object at rest remains at rest, and an object in motion remains in motion at constant speed and in a straight line unless acted on by an unbalanced force.

I’m a firm believer that action often precedes inspiration and much like a sailboat needs to be out on the water to catch the wind, we need to be out in the world, doing things, to catch inspiration. To me, action is part of the process and it’s in the process that we grow to become who we are. The people who are able to take consistent action are the ones who catch the wind and feel inspired. If you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed or uninspired, go take some action.


If you’ve come to the end of the blog and still aren’t sure what action you should be taking, let me leave you with this. The next step that you take doesn’t have to be grand, special or courageous – in fact, it shouldn’t be. Start small (very small), see where it takes you and build momentum as you go. I’d love to be a resource for anyone wanting an extra push – please reach out here.

“The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing.”

Michael E. Gerber

Do something!

Joe Rinaldi

IG: @joearinaldi

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