Well Do Something Then

Do SomethingFor some reason, it seemed like a lot of people in my high school wanted to resolve disagreements by fighting. Why that is, I don’t really know. Oftentimes, asking someone to stop doing something I didn’t like (cutting in line at lunch, drumming on a desk in class, jumping ahead of the team that had the next game of pickup basketball, etc.) was met with a pretty common response:

“Well do something then…”

(To be clear, the implied do something was not “go tell a teacher” or “say please.” The implied do something was typically an invitation to physically “do something about it.”)

As stupid as I thought that was back then – mostly because fighting wasn’t my strong suit – I’m starting to realize now that, fair or not, that really seems be how the world works. If you don’t like the way someone does something (and what they’re doing isn’t actually illegal), there’s not much of a way to get them to stop. They can just look you in the eye and tell you, “Well do something, then…” And they do this on a daily basis. Your competitors do it. The companies and organizations you partner with can do it. Your customers do it.

So what can you do about it? I guess our advice would be… do something then. Take a look at what it is that’s bothering you, and figure out how you can do something to solve your problem.

  • If your competitor is undercutting your prices, how can you show your customers that the value of your product is worth more than your competitor’s low price?
  • If a company you partner with is taking advantage of you, can you find a suitable replacement (either in person or online)?
  • If your customers are publicly complaining about you (say, in the social media sphere), how can you come up with a solution to curb their complaints and make that negative feedback positive?

When someone challenges you to “do something then,” you ultimately have two choices. Your first choice is to stay frustrated and let them keep doing what they’re doing. Your second choice is to take them up on their challenge and change the game in your favor.

Choice #2 is rarely (if ever) easier. But there’s a good chance it will have a major, positive impact on your business. And if someone has a problem with your course of action, you know what you can tell them?

“Well do something then…”

-Mike B.

Photo by Chewonki Semester School. Thanks!