With these posts I usually like to post the best quotes from what I read and listened to throughout the week. However, I had a lunch with a mentor, and he shared one quote with me that is going to challenge me for months to come. He said:
“Giving theory that doesn’t produce an outcome, is never an accomplishment.”
For someone like me, who loves principles, I always have to purposefully check if I’m actually applying them. In this situation, he was telling me that about when I spend time developing others. If I just give people theory without a process that produces an outcome, then I didn’t accomplish anything.
I’ve typed this quote up and laminated and now I carry it with me everywhere I go and pull it out often, so I can always be asking myself – is my theory producing an outcome?
Are you a theory person or an application? Application will always trump theory.