Never mistake motion for action
These are popular words spoken by an artist that some people like to consider famous. Ernest Hemingway dropped numerous lines that shape the way authors and writers mold words, but for some reason the motion vs. action quote grabbed my attention.
What does that mean exactly? I heard it from my football coach all the time in high school, but no one really defined what walking through the motions really means.
Is It Any Good At All?
Will Smith talks about how his father made him and his brother work over a year to rebuild a brick wall. He learned that you don’t start by saying, “I’m going to build the biggest, baddest wall.” You learn how to place one perfect brick everyday and eventually you have a wall.
I think this is where people get confused with the motion vs. action situation. It seems natural to dream about the huge successes that we want down the road, but then someone tells us we need to take it one day at a time. The only problem with this is most people aren’t thinking like Will Smith, in that they have their priorities aligned.