Are you a SPEWER or a DOER?…John Page Burton

There are those who DO and those who SPEW. More commonly stated…those who “walk the walk” and those who “talk the talk”.

Webster says…

do: transitive verb. To bring to pass, carry out, perform, execute.

spew: verb. Spout, gush, spurt, discharge, emit, eject, vomit, flowing in a fast and forceful way.

All of us know people who are “doers” and we probably know some who are “spewers”. The majority of successful people I meet tend to exhibit a high level of self confidence. Their speech and physiology reflect this self confidence. Doers never apologize for their success. On the other hand, spewers go to great lengths to “talk around” their lack of results. “The timing just isn’t right” or “I need to talk this over with a couple hundred people before I can commit” or “I need to wait until I have enough money to get started” are examples of what you can expect to hear from a spewer. Regardless of timing, funds or consensus, doers take the ball and run! “Spewers” know a bit of lingo here and there but routinely disappear whenever they are challenged to step outside their comfort zone to take meaningful action or personal responsibility. Lets take a closer look at some of the key characteristics of DOERS  & SPEWERS.


Focus. Doers set meaningful objectives and get to work. They remain focused in the face of adversity. When problems arise they channel their energy toward finding solutions. They do not get distracted by bright, shiny, objects.

Love Challenges. Doers love challenges and thrive on being told that something can’t be done, especially if the challenge is being directed at their ability.

Prioritize Health. Doers rely on energy and realize that health is their greatest asset. They exercise and pay close attention to what goes into their body.

Bottom Line Mentality. Doers take full responsibility for ALL of their actions and decisions. Doers want the ball when the game is on the line and their followers want to get it to them!


Talkers. Due mainly to their profound sense of insecurity, spewers “talk the talk” but rarely back it up with any type of meaningful action. They will be among the first to let you know when you are “doing something wrong” but rarely can they provide a solution for doing it better..

Prone To Blame. Spewers are masters of the blame game. They habitually blame other people or circumstances for their lack of initiative and results.

Bullies. Spewers routinely force their thoughts and beliefs onto other people. If you disagree with a spewer or present them with a differing point of view they may try to overwhelm you with BS and if that doesn’t work they may revert to anger.

Quit Easily & Often. When the going gets tough, spewers tend to exit stage left. Quitting is a habit. They quit, rationalize it and move on to the next “great thing”. They rarely give anything a chance to germinate. They possess an instant gratification mindset.


1. Facing our fears! When we take ownership of our fear we no longer have to make excuses or blame people and circumstances (spew) for why we can’t do something. Once we acknowledge our fear we can then move to the next step….

2. Commit to taking MASSIVE ACTION. The most effective way to overcome our fear is by overwhelming it with MASSIVE ACTION! When we remain in action mode we don’t have time to focus on fear. Once we have committed to taking MASSIVE ACTION the only thing we have to remember is….

3. Don’t quit. No matter how hard things are, how loud the voices in our head become or how many “your a loser” programs we begin running, it’s imperative to press on.

If you made it to the end of this message my guess is that your a doer. Remember, solidifying a new habit takes 90 days of focused activity. If you find yourself struggling in an area of your life an effective life or business coach can help you successfully execute these 3 steps. Here’s to doing!!!


5 Benefits of Risk Taking…John Page Burton

We have all heard the saying, “the greater the risk, the greater the reward”. I believe that with every significant risk there indeed lies the POTENTIAL for a greater reward. It is human nature to take “safe risks”. A willingness to take greater risks is often what separates a person who lives a rich, rewarding life from a person who resides within their comfort zone. For many, the word risk represents a chance to achieve fame, fortune and establish a significant legacy. For others the thought of taking a risk causes an uneasy feeling due to a deep seeded fear of failure. Remember, RISK is a word, we assign the meaning to it. Below are 5 benefits that are born from taking risks.

1. Taking risks builds and strengthens emotional muscles. Each time we take a risk and subsequently experience success, we gain more confidence. This new found confidence gives us permission to take more risks which over time creates the conscious habit of risk taking. Every time we take a risk we are building a new layer of emotional muscle.

2. Forces us to confront and breakthrough our fear. FEAR is the #1 reason why people avoid risk. Risk represents the potential for failure and failure is the Ego’s chief weapon in the battle to quash our self esteem. Every time we take a risk we have the opportunity to confront our fear and when we succeed we enjoy a significant psychological breakthrough. Our FEAR no longer controls us.

3. Enhances our leadership ability. I have never read the biography of a successful leader who attributed their success to their uncanny ability to play it safe. Leaders are calculated risk takers who cultivate a following due to their bold spirit, vision and ability to routinely do what others won’t. Our natural tendency is to follow a risk taker.

4. Connects us with our authentic self. Our authentic nature is to play a big game of life. When we take risks, we are sending a clear message to the universe that we are honoring the talents we have been given and that we are putting our full trust in the process. This is commonly referred to as having faith. Our authentic nature is not to be meek and mild but to be brave and bold.

5. Quality lifestyle. Risk takers tend to live above average lives. They live their lives on their terms and usually have few regrets. Risk takers tend to enjoy above average incomes and experience the sense of freedom that comes with financial security. Risk takers generally possess above average emotional IQ’s and are very comfortable in their own skin.

It is difficult to feel satisfied when we know that we have given less than our best. For most of us, staying in our comfort zone is actually quite uncomfortable. We all have dreams, ambitions and desires and to achieve them we must be willing to take risks.

As always, I look forward to your thoughts and feedback.