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Just What Are “Action Takers”?

Action TakersHave you ever heard of special discounts for fast “action takers”? Or maybe you’re coach tells you that the only way to get ahead

with your business is to take action, and be an action taker.

Everywhere online, we are told that taking action is THE way to succeed.

I don’t disagree with that.

In fact, you will very rarely find a person who has “failed” at anything that actually took wise, consistent and meaningful action on whatever it is they failed at.

That said, I’d like to put a bit of perspective on just what it is that “action takers” need to do in order to be successful. After all, not all actions are equal, and not all action takers reach the same levels of success.

Develop A Strategy Based on What You’ve Learned

I use video instruction to teach my clients elements of internet marketing.

I recently learned that I can utilize a video installation called Camtwist to help me make my video presentations more entertaining and visually appealing.

I developed a strategy to integrate Camtwist in my presentations.

Take Action On That Strategy Immediately

Knowing nothing at all about Camtwist, I reviewed some tutorials offered by Camtwist and some Camtwist users that I trust.

This was one form of taking action.

But even better, I downloaded Camtwist and tried it out a bit for myself.

Then I advanced to the best action taking step of all. I “taught others” to use Camtwist.

Now, admittedly, I didn’t hardly know what I was doing, but that’s okay. You see, taking action is best done immediately, quickly and prior to fully understanding what the action is even about. In fact, taking action becomes the strategy, in and of itself.

So, on the same day, I heard about Camtwist, I downloaded it, I started using it a bit, and then I shot this very unhelpful video tutorial about how to use elements of Camtwist.

Not too great, is it.

Doesn’t matter.

I’m taking the action required to take this new tool out of the “box” and start playing with it. That’s how I’ll really get good at using it.

I mean, you could give a 5 year old his first basketball, and tell him all the great things he can do with it. But until he starts bouncing it around a bit, he’ll remain pretty clueless about it.

If he just leaves it in the box and listens to me talking about how cool it is, fine. Then a friend comes over and says “hey, you wanna play with that basketball?” … he’ll probably say, “no, I’ve had it in this box for 2 months and it doesn’t do anything. I guess it’s just not as much fun as people tell me it is.”

Test The Success Of The Action You’ve Taken

The next step I’m preparing to do now, is to conduct a live tutorial for a very small group of subscribers.

They will be given the opportunity to receive some free coaching from me, in the form of a video tutorial. In exchange, they accept that that I’m using some new tools and the presentation is bound to be flawed (although the information will be top notch).

Further, they agree to evaluate and grade me on my presentation. Finally, they agree to tell me how they’d find their learning experience more valuable in the future.

So I don’t have to guess how good an idea this is, I’ll let some of my students do that for me.

Evaluate Your Results To Determine Subsequent Actions To Take

Once you get your feedback, you’ll know what further action to take. In my example above, it won’t take long to know whether or not my presentations are improved by using Camtwist.

So, all this happens within a few days.

I won’t be telling you 2 months from now that, “hey, I heard this Camtwist thing is supposed to be cool. I’ve gotta try it out one day.”

Fast action takers get fast results, and move on from there, for better or for worse.

Don’t keep a bunch of post-its in your head.

Rip them off, try them out, use them more or else trash them. Keep in motion, every single day. That’s what action takers do, and the most successful people online or anywhere else will always be the action takers.

Please share this post on your social sites if you’ve found it useful, and let me know what you think about it by leaving me a comment below.


David Merrill 101
I'm an Internet Marketer and Online Marketing Coach. My students learn no-nonsense, power strategies and techniques to build solid blogging and internet businesses. David Merrill+

16 Responses to Just What Are “Action Takers”?

  1. Anne Perez October 18, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    Hi David
    Haven’t heard of Camtwist but I’ll be taking action and finding out more about it after I finish the post. I find that its a lot easier to ‘just get things done’ rather than think about it too much. The quicker we take action the quicker we can get the results, evaluate and tweak or give up the idea. So much easier that way.
    Anne Perez´s last blog post ..Build a Website Part 5 WordPress Posts and Pages

    • David Merrill 101 October 19, 2012 at 12:07 am #

      Procrastination only makes your action steps seem larger and larger, Anne.

      The quicker you get things done, the smaller your job seems to be.

  2. Steve Nicholas October 20, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    Great post, David! You are so right about the need for taking action. In life, it seems like there are a lot of people who are content to sit on the sidelines, and then they wonder why things don’t change? It’s like the old saying: if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.
    Steve Nicholas´s last blog post ..John Ngugi and the Power of Mental Toughness

    • David Merrill 101 October 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

      You’ve got it, Steve.

      The only thing that changes your situation is when you take action in the direction you want to head.

  3. Nick Catricala October 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    David, your post here is so helpful.. so clear and so easy for my to follow.. I thank you very much.. make notes and try to download “Camtwist” but teh site would not open up.. I may get back another time (today already gone through a lot with my website so I live for another day and hope I remeber 🙂

    You outlined teh proepr steps to take… this is very valuable for me as wel.. and for certain for other people who want to succeed on what they do.

    Thanks so much again

    • David Merrill 101 October 25, 2012 at 1:17 am #

      Glad to see you found some help, Nick.

      It’s really all about just getting into the flow of “doing” instead of always “learning”.

      Applying knowledge is critical to success. I’ve known many highly successful people who barely knew what they were doing, but the very fact that they just kept on “doing” made all the difference in the world.

  4. Rick Lelchuk October 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm #


    So many want to know everything before starting and it just doesn’t work. We MUST jump in with both feet and figure it out as we go.

    I’ve recently taken a position with a company who uses this very philosophy. It may not be the most comfortable way to get started but it’s proven to work in the past. If I did nothing but study and learn before I began to do it would take years. Who’s got that kind of time?

    Nike is right – Just Do It!


    Rick Lelchuk´s last blog post ..The Human Side of Being

    • David Merrill 101 October 28, 2012 at 12:36 am #

      Good to see you jumping into the pool with both feet, Rick.

      I can tell you’ve learned that it’s the only way to swim.

      Good luck with your new position.

  5. Dr. Erica Goodstone October 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm #


    Thanks for showing me how you are using this simple video tool. I may download it and find out more but at the moment I am swamped with so much else to do.

    I have a thought about how you can use your “take action” modus operandi. Why not create several of these videos where you are teaching what you just learned, over the next few weeks or months, for free – but leading up to an upsell. And then, create a composite workshop where you will organize the information and teach it more completely and maybe offer some free 15 minute consults to go along with your paid webinar or webinar series? You can also have affiliate links for several of the products that you teach about, even in the free videos. I loved seeing that brief video. I like short videos on one thing – it shows me something and when I’m ready, I just go do it.


    Dr. Erica
    Dr. Erica Goodstone´s last blog post ..What If YOU Knew the Secret to Living Past 100?

    • David Merrill 101 October 28, 2012 at 12:42 am #

      Thanks for all the great advice, Dr. Erica.

      Building a product with small learning modules is a good way to go. It’s also a good way to construct your product “as you go”. That way it becomes immediately dynamic and responsive to your market, as you learn more and more what’s relevant to their needs.

  6. Nile October 28, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    I have always been told that not taking action is an opportunity missed…. especially in my business with website design and development. It is important to reply as quickly as possible to queries to make sure the client knows you are truly interested in working with them.

    I made the mistake a long time ago of not following up with one client and I could have made a great deal of money AND was even offered to be on their stock. I cannot name the company, but I would have been sitting pretty. That was a BIG lesson learned.
    Nile´s last blog post ..Infographics – Keep It Simple To Put Forth The Most Effective Message

    • David Merrill 101 October 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      Hopefully most of the readers here, will not be missing opportunities like the one you let slip away, Nile.

      They will learn from your example and make action taking a top priority in their business… as I know it is in yours.

      Seems like lessons learned “the hard way” are never forgotten. I suppose that’s a “silver lining” of sorts.

  7. Shelley Alexander November 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    Hi David, I’ve never tried Camtwist but it sounds really helpful. I agree with you totally that taking action is the best way to learn new things and to continue to grow and be successful. Thanks for the tips.
    Shelley Alexander´s last blog post ..Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

    • David Merrill 101 November 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

      Taking action for yourself is critical in the learning process, but teaching what you just learned is even more so.

      Teaching something is what really starts to make you expert in something, Shelley.

  8. Rachel Lavern January 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Thanks David for reminding me that I have so many things that I have to take action on. It is not what we know that counts. The only one thing that will make a difference in my life is what I do with what I know. I have accumulated so many download files on my computer, notes from classes/meetings/seminars etc. Sometimes we even know all we need to know and we still decide to look for more to learn. I believe that is because some of us think that learning is easier than taking action.

    We may believe we have to perfectly know all the smallest details before we set out to actually do something. The truth is that learning happens when we do the thing we want to learn—when we take action. Even if we feel that we need to learn more to be perfect at a skill, we learn through doing and that is the most valuable learning of all: trial and error.
    Rachel Lavern´s last blog post ..Go for the Goal

    • David Merrill 101 January 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

      Such a good point, Rachel.

      Learning is easier than taking action. I think that’s what sidelines so many people who could otherwise have great businesses up and running long before they even know they’re capable of doing it.

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