Why it isn't enough to just "think" about great ideas.

Yesterday, I wrote on my Twitter something I’ve been reflection on lately. That the highest form of learning is doing.

Think about it for a second, there’s nothing as engaging and immersive as actually doing that thing which you speak of.

You can’t analyze a push-up. You just have to do it. You can’t analyze a meditation session, you have to just do it.

You can’t learn about the thousands of micro-decisions about building products without actually building them.

The best kind of thinker is the doer.

Steve Jobs was once asked about the same topic. Here’s what he had to say:

“My observation is that the doers are the major thinkers. The people that really create the things that change the industry are both the thinker-doer in the same person.

Leonardo was the artist but he also mixed his own paints, he also was a fairly good chemist, knew about pigments, knew about human anatomy. Combining all of those skills together, the art and the science, the thinking and the doing, resulted in the exceptional result.

And there is no difference in our industry – the people that have really made the contributions have been the thinkers and the doers.

Usually when you dig a little deeper, you find that the people that really did it were also the people that worked through the hard intellectual problems as well.”

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.” —Theodore Roosevelt