I’m reading “Think and Grow Rich” by Dennis Kimbro, Napoleon Hill and wanted to share this quote with you.

“Carnegie had learned from his observation of men that those who are slow to make up their minds are equally as slow to carry out their decisions.”

Andrew Carnegie led the explosion of steel in America in the late 19th century.  In his last 18 years of his life he donated over 90% of his wealth… over 13.5 billion dollars in 2015 dollars.

Carnegie often challenged his team to make good and quick decisions.  He kept a timer on his desk and gave people a limited amount of time to decide.


Team, once we have all the facts and data in front of us, it’s time to make a decision.  I am certain Carnegie was a driver like myself.  This probably led him to this style of decision making.  You analytical folks probably just passed out.  Hang in there…

But really, once we have communicated it to everyone for their feedback, gathered the raw data, and slept and prayed on it for a night…. it’s time to act.

In the act of doing, often we can adjust. READY, FIRE, AIM.   The problem is often our great ideas get sucked up in DOUBT, FEAR, ENVY, JEALOUSY AND MORE.

Hey, you know what, why do I have to do this, it will be a lot of work?  Someone else should step up once.

But what if it fails?

It’s just too much for me to take on right now.

These are all things that have went through my head often.   And still do.  We must quiet this voice.

Team, I encourage you to go for it.   Both personally and professionally.  God’s got your back.  And really what do you have to lose?


– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Our mission is to be a supplier of other’s happpiness.  I hope this little post did just that.

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