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What is a Doer?

Webster dictionary defines a doer as a go-getter, achiever, dynamo.  Someone who does something; actively doing things.
I propose there is more to add to this definition.  To simply do (fixer, perform, solve) requires busy-ness.  But being busy is not being a doer.

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? -David Henry Thoreau

I would add to the Webster definition to include passion, purpose and authenticity.  This makes the classification of a doer more challenging, as it should be.
In my professional life I had been labeled as a doer.  But I found my ‘doing’ falling more on the busy ant side.  I knew I needed more.
As branded across the top of this blog, I write about ‘The Art of Doing.”  I chose to write about life.  How to go about it there is no a right or wrong answer, that is why it is an art form.  There are best practices we can find everywhere to help create our own reality.  Many of these examples come from those around us.  The uber successful ones, as well as the average Joe.
One afternoon I picked up my pen and began to write down people whom I knew (or could somehow have a connection to) that I saw falling under my definition of a Doer.
By this definition: they are being true to who they are, while kicking tail at pursing their passions.  Here again is where the art comes in, the balance is extremely challenging.  I wanted to figure out how they were doing it.
Through this series I want to shine light on individuals that may not typically be asked for interviews or given props/recognition as much as they should.  I want others to see what I see in them.  I believe whatever I can learn from them, so will you.  Doer artists such as us must learn from each other to maintain balance.
My goal is to write at least twenty posts within the next year based on these interviews, what I am referring as “The Doers Series.”  I will ask all ‘doers’ the same 20 questions, exploring silly stories, as well as the serious.
I am also going to intentionally seek out women.  I find myself writing mostly to and through this voice.  I believe stories I will share will make meaning for all readers, no matter their gender.  But for women I would like to intensify recognition that may be overdue to them.  Oh yes, and girl power.
That being said, my original brainstormed list does include men.  I cannot blind myself to the yin and yang balance.   Personally some of my most meaningful mentors have been men.
I love a good plan and this is mine.  My first post will come in less than a week, with a very special Doer featured.  Hint: all my YouTube readers will be especially excited.

About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

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