We’re all busy, stop saying it and do something

I see this on twitter, and in real life face-to-face conversations a lot, “blah blah, working on something awesome, super super busy” or some other fairly douchey version of that sentence. Typically said by the same people over and over, as if saying something like that makes you cool, as if repeating it somehow makes you cooler. Maybe being busier than the rest of us makes you feel better? Hate to break it to you but you’re not busier than us.

I have something to share with you ‘busy’ people. We’re all busy, just some of us are busy doing shit instead of just saying it. Shut your pie hole, and get shit done!

I’m sure it’s a ‘for lack of more interesting things to say’ type of problem, but really if you’ve got time in your startup or whatever to tweet about being busy… you’re doing it wrong. Run your damn business, stop telling us about it.

I have no respect for people who say (or tweet) that type of thing. As if running 360|Conferences, Cocoa Magazine, and everything else I do, didn’t keep me busy, you don’t see me telling anyone who’ll listen how many hours a day I put in, what time I get up or go to bed, etc.

It’s simple, when you think to yourself, “Oh I should tweet some cryptic tweet about how awesome I am because I’m really busy, and that will make people think i’m even cooler…. STOP don’t do it, take 30 seconds… breathe, then get back to work.

6 Responses to “We’re all busy, stop saying it and do something”

  1. Faisal Abid says:

    Well said John, I admit I’ve been guilty of this on numerous occasions but once I realized that its a waste of time and no one cares LOL I stopped.

  2. Ben Johnson says:

    I totally agree. The other related pet peeve is when people talk about how they built an application in X number of hours. I don't give two shits how long it took to build some useless piece of crap!

    If your startup metric relates to time then you've failed. Something is either useful or not.

    • John Wilker says:

      Yeah so true!!! A good anecdote is those “sudden celebrities” who have a best selling book or app, etc. People always overlook that it took years to get “sudden Celebrity”

      Time is the least factor, IMO

  3. Paul VanWinkle says:

    I read your article, I am diggin’ the honesty here. I hear this phrase a lot where I work. It really sucks when you work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week and you literally busy from the time you walk your happy ass in the door until the time you leave. The people that say this stupid ass line are the very ones sitting there planning their next vacation instead of working, wasting company dollars. Then they are the ones that like to pass the buck! I really can’t stand lazy, in-the-way people. Thanks for letting me know that I am not the only one tired of hearing this lame ass phrase. Paul.

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