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Actions Over Words

July 14th

Writing a check separates a commitment from a conversation.

Warren Buffett

Investors often engage in discussions about promising opportunities and grand plans. Yet, until one is willing to commit their hard-earned money, it remains just talk. The act of making a financial commitment is the litmus test of belief in an investment. It's a pivotal moment, where investors transition from passive observers to active participants.

Writing a check comes with a weight and gravity that mere conversation lacks. It's tangible evidence of faith in an investment, a quantifiable stake, and a binding pledge. This action, however, doesn't guarantee success. Investment is a gamble, and every penned check is a personal wager on the future.

Interestingly, this test isn't confined to monetary investment. The principle applies whenever you're asked to commit resources—time, effort, or attention—to a cause. Whether it's a new venture, an innovative project, or a relationship, it's the conscious decision to participate that separates intent from action. It's the difference between being an observer of life and being a player in the game. So, when it comes to investing or any other commitment, let your actions speak louder than your words.

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