Are You Ready to Do?

I had the chance to review Kevin Kelly’s new book, DO! the pursuit of xceptional execution (aff link), and it’s really worth checking out. He’s got a lot of ideas that will help you, especially if you’re the kind that thinks about it but doesn’t always pull the trigger. do

Do you need a book about doing?

If the book tried to spend all its pages telling me “you’ve just gotta get started and do something,” I’d probably lose my mind about ten pages in, but Kelly has a lot packed in here. His chapter on being a student forever was a particular favorite, as was his mindset around customer relationships. The doing part of the book is a constant thread throughout, but there’s more meat to this than that.

Take some time and work through the concepts here

With any book, the value is in the execution. In the case of Do!, your job is to think through what it means to look for a bigger path than “typical,” to seek out your own way to be “xceptional,” in Kelly’s parlance. If you wrote down notes throughout this book and worked on your own interpretation for a month (or two or three), I’m pretty sure you’d have a better position on several aspects of your business mindset than you had before you started the book.

But the important concept in that advice is that you have to follow Kelly’s prime directive in the book: do.

Pick it up today. It’s everywhere, but here’s a simple link:

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  • Nancy

    Hey Chris, Surprised there’s no link to Owner on this page….I know there’s a link from the Oct 2 blog post but actually wasn’t sure that was it until I clicked.

    • Chris Brogan

      I don’t link to it always. Just almost always. : )

  • jon_mitchell_jackson

    Life is all about doing and taking action. It’s not always easy and many times takes extra effort but in the long run, it’s always worth it. Will pick the book up and give it a read early next week. Thanks!

  • Lucy Chen

    I’m doing so much right now, that I think is right and aligns with my purpose, that I probably will add the book to the wish list for the time being. But I’ll check it out and see if my husband should read it :)

  • Ryan Biddulph

    Shared Chris ;)


  • Paula Marie Young

    I am always looking for help in manifesting ideas. Thanks for the reference.

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  • oliver

    Simply awesome article you have posted over here. Thanks for giving this amazing idea..

  • Inspyder

    The title alone makes we want to ready this book. Then when you factor in that Kevin Kelly wrote it and I’m sold. Nothing happens until you do something – time for less analysis (paralysis) and more action.

  • Jef Menguin

    Thank you Chris for sharing this. I will find and read the book.

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  • Kevin Kelly

    Thanks Chris for such a brilliant review. A few other aspects I would like to share with your readers – the book interviews nine companies with revenues from $100k to $130m that made the breakthrough from Dream it to DO it from around the globe and different market segments. Interestingly most of the interviewees didn’t tick any of the boxes expected of the modern entrepreneur when they started their business – no business plan/wow idea/compelling vision/loadz of cash – what they did have was strong self awareness, bucket loads of passion and a willingness to learn and pivot as they DID/executed.

    Also interestingly their ideas evolved more from a simple problem they had than a blinding moment of insight.

    The CEO’s we interviewed included Ben Milne Dwolla, considered one of the most disruptive technologies on the planet, the creators of the Talking Tom app family that have hit the 1bn download mark Outfit7, the fastest growing company in South America Globant, Balsamiq and more. I am confident your tribe will enjoy.