Doers Vs. Thinkers

Gurbaksh Chahal
Written by Gurbaksh Chahal

The definition of a “Doer” is someone who bleeds the Company’s vision and believes the greater purpose. When asked to jump, their only response is “How high?”

A thinker is someone that will question why they need to jump; why everyone needs to jump; why there is even a purpose to jump. And, by not realizing that as an analogy, they forget the real purpose of why they are an entrepreneur.

When asked how to get from point A to B, the doer will find the shortest way to execute the journey. The thinker will procrastinate and seek all the reasons why the journey should even take place.

Every company, in its early stages, needs a progression of people who will grow with the company. People who understand the dynamics of how the business model may change. People who understand the processes can change and can adapt quick. People who can make the company more efficient. But, most importantly, on a basic level, people who can execute.

Thinkers, on the other hand, they’re the detractors. They are the ones who over-think and over-analyze. Their mindset becomes “Analysis/Paralysis” before they execute; leaving an end result of zero deliverables. They become vindictive. They become the least favored in your company’s culture, and your company’s DNA.

Entrepreneurship is about risk. Entrepreneurship is about timing. Entrepreneurship is not about what you did yesterday, or what you did last week. Nor is it about what you did last month. It’s about what you’re going to do now, and what you’re going to do tomorrow. That’s the difference between a doer and a thinker.

You can think all you want, but not when you’re willing to press play and step into reality, you will get nowhere. You must realize when you press play, you will be judged by your actions, your performance, your work, and your ethics. That’s when you put everything on the line, and execute.

It is what makes you a doer, a contributor, and a valued asset inside an organization. Thinkers, on the other hand, stop people from growth. They stop the real core ideals of entrepreneurship, because they just want to analyze.

Philosophy is great when applied to deep thinking. But, you know what? That’s why they call it philosophy, not entrepreneurship.

If you want the first five people on your dream team to succeed with your idea; and, if you want your first twenty people to actually make your product valuable and revenue-generating, then you better make sure you got your doers and you leave the thinking to yourself.  I’m not saying surround your self around followers in your organization, everyone should have a voice. But, business is not a democracy. It has an executive branch that makes the decisions for a reason.

“To want to be ambitious, and to want to be successful, is not enough. That’s just desire. To know what you want. To understand why you’re doing it. To dedicate every breath in your body, to achieve… if you feel you have something to give, if you feel that your particular talent is worth developing, is worth caring for, then there’s nothing you can’t achieve.”

And, that’s what Doers manifest. That’s why they are our unsung heroes of our organization. Well all need more Doers. Always recognize and reward their execution.

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    Calling BS on this.

    The unexamined life is not worth living.

  • Rijo Jacob Abraham

    I have listened to Gurbaksh Chahal’s talks, and really appreciate his entrepreneurial spirit and look up to his success. I agree what he has written here about doers, but not what he has written about the thinkers. I believe successful entrepreneurs are doers,but more essentially system thinkers; they can’t but help seeing the world as a system, which needs intervention. He is making a system to extract money from the system– this is what Mr Chahal is also doing. Yes of course, if you don’t implement your ideas, it is useless. The doer on the other hand is a technician ie because they are good at programming they think they can make money by creating apps, or a doctor opening a clinic, or a lawyer opening his own practice. They are not entrepreneurs but freelancers or as Michael Gerber says “technicians who get entrepreneurial seizures.” Technicians or people with the doer personality, are focused on getting things at hand completed, without caring much for the system that has to be created. Mr Chahal himself points out in one of his talks, you don’t became an entrepreneur to get “job satisfaction”, or “to be your own boss”, or “to do philanthropy”.
    On the other hand, there are thinkers who are risk averse and who could come up with umpteen reasons not to move ahead. Yes they could lead to “analysis-paralysis”. But to be a successful entrepreneur is to think or envision the world that you want to create.

  • Bhavesh Desai

    Great kick-ass thought. I adore Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Gandhiji, Jawaharlal Nehru who were dreamer, thinker and ultimate doer. And game changers.

  • Daniel Solum Kjølstad

    Put the thinker on a task; to execute his idea, i.e. start up a new business. When successful, -as he will learn how to be if he’s intelligent as well, then team him up with a some great doers, then you will have a very powerful team. I am talking from experience from years of successful business, being the thinker, owner, and being forced to delegate responsibility when the success business starts growing, something which we thinkers really are not to fund of. I think to becoming a successful business man you need to be a thinker with high eq, find a niche or something unique, then have the courage to start up by yourself or with a team you’ll gather. Then you need to understand the doer and his needs, his drives and what encourages him to do his best.

    Doing and practicing these life tasks, as a thinker, -coupled with a good EQ and prefably a higher education, you will become and feel quite unstoppable. Then after som life experience, realize you can actually do whatever you want. -Not to mention you’re a great resource for your souroundings, your firm, and if you stay far away from Marxism, human kind in general. The possibilities are quite limitless, and realizing this will make you feel great and full of life. Trust me:)

  • RoyBatty3

    “Thinkers think and doers do. But until the thinkers do and the doers think, progress will be just another word in the already overburdened vocabulary by sense.” Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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