About a week ago, I was at a restaurant and heard an expression that I wasn’t familiar with. I asked our server, who was from Toronto, to repeat the phrase, and asked what she meant by the expression, “All talk – No rock.”
As I listened, it reminded me of what I know as “Actions speak louder than words.” And, whichever expression you’re more familiar with, I’m a believer.
Talk is cheap. Actions do speak louder than words.
So, why do people promise and not perform? To be polite? Because in the moment they want to please? Or, is it easier to ‘yes’ someone, and not deal with the disappointment of a no, or an explanation of a ‘why not’?
Truthfully, it could be a combination of reasons. But, if you happen to depend on an all talk – no rock person for something important in your life, or business, you may already know to have a backup plan, just in case.
All talk – no rock people eventually build a reputation as non-perfomers and risk being earmarked as undependable – not necessarily the first time, but perhaps down the road.
If you’re all talk and no rock, all talk and no rock, all talk and no rock, eventually people will believe you.
That’s how reputations are born.
A reputation is an awful thing to waste.
Make yours count.