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Waffler or doer? Ask Dick Armey

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In most lines of business, it’s better to be a doer than a waffler. But former House Majority Leader Dick Armey puts a finer point on the issue.

Here’s what he says:
  • Wafflers can’t stop wondering what might happen to them because of a decision they might make. They can’t act.
  • Doers drive beyond their self-interest, investigate the problem, decide and act.
“The principal determinant of whether a person is a doer or a waffler,” Armey writes, “is the strength of his conviction and his self-confidence.”

— Adapted from Armey’s Axioms, Dick Armey, Wiley.

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