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10 Year-old Shows What 'Action' Means

This weekend, I attended a bake sale that inspired me to take action and write this post. 10 year-old Shelby was inspired to host the bake sale after seeing a TV report on Children's Hospital and their need for toys for kids who were too sick to leave the facility. Shelby thought about how they couldn't go play outside like she could and decided it was time to help. She jumped on-line, contacted the fundraising coordinator by e-mail, and got approved to run a bake sale. Did I mention she's 10? Here's Shelby in action raising $600+ by selling $1 baked goods at her local library. Action is the Hardest Part, Isn't It? Whether it's volunteering, losing weight, or even finding a new job, anything in life worth doing requires us to take action. Yet, let's be honest, as grown-ups, we often spend more time thinking about action than taking it. I guess it's human nature to procrastinate as we get older. Why is That? It's not like we don't realize that while maybe we won't get the results we want from our efforts, not taking any action guarantees we won't get results. And yet, still we put off to tomorrow what could be done today. So, as we begin this week, I'm challenging us all to ask ourselves, "What action should I be taking that I've been putting off?" Then, I hope we can all think of Shelby and take that first step. P.S. Shelby's shooting to raise $1,000. If you feel like helping her, here's the link. No donation is too small. Plus, I can guarantee that any action of this kind is appreciated. J.T. O’Donnell is the founder of CAREEREALISM.com and CEO of CareerHMO.com, a web-based career development company.