Life Lesson from a Dollhouse

Christmas is here, and for me, that means Daddy Santa is ready to start putting together dollhouses, bikes, and princess palaces.  The toy building challenge for me tonight is a dollhouse.  I rank myself average to below average at building things.  That’s an honest assessment, not one that I’m particularly proud of but honest.  I’m not incompetent but I am also far from MacGyver.  Despite my mechanical struggles, there was a very powerful life lesson reminder that I uncovered tonight.

I tend to take a very systematic approach to building things.  Opposite of the male stereotype, I follow and rely on all the instructions.  I lay out the instructions very orderly in front of me and line up all the tools I will need.  The funny thing is my wife will usually have her Mommy Santa project halfway done by the time I even start mine.  As I look over, she does indeed have a princess palace nearly complete.  She does it by sight, no instructions needed.  To protect my masculine ego from taking too much of a hit, I do some quick pushups and go grab an IPA from the fridge.  As I sit down to build this dollhouse a very interesting thought runs through my mind.

Would it make any sense to read this instruction manual, and then go out and find another instruction manual to read?  Would it make any sense to find 10 different instruction manuals that all gave me techniques on how to build this dollhouse?

Of course not!

Yet isn’t this what many of us do in our own lives?

See, the issue for many of us is not information.  We all have the manuals we need.  The issue is taking action.  Just as it doesn’t make any sense to read multiple instruction manuals on how to build a dollhouse, it also doesn’t make sense to read every book in the self-help or health section, yet not make any changes.

I’m not suggesting you stop reading.  I will be publishing my first book this year, and I would love you to read it.  What I am saying is that at some point we all have to realize that more information is not what we need.  We need to take the information and apply it to our lives

Is it better to read 5 books a month, or read 1 book a month and relentlessly apply the principles learned from the reading?

It’s so important for all of us to realize that the old cliché, knowledge is power, no longer is true.  We all have access to knowledge in the digital age.  The difference maker is taking the knowledge and putting it into action.

“Action always beats intention.”

So what is really stopping us from taking action?

There are a ton of answers to that question, but a common one we all share in some capacity is fear.  Fear is what prevents most people from reaching their dreams.  Sure, we need habits or rituals in place to make it easier.  Sure we need a strong sense of why we are doing what we are doing.  But before all that, we need to push through our fear.

“Action conquers fear.”

As 2017 approaches, I am challenging myself to take even more action towards my goals and dreams.  2016 was a big year for me personally but I know I’m capable of more.

And I know you’re capable of more.

I believe deep down that all of us know that we have the potential to be more, have more, give more, and love more.

As we charge towards 2017 I think it’s time for all of us to get a little more real with ourselves.  We all know what we need to do.  We know the changes we need to make to lose the weight, or to take our business to the next level, or to become the husband, wife, mother or father that we know we can be.  We know what we need to do!!  We just need to do it!

Make a commitment to yourself that 2017 will be the year that you develop the habit of taking action.  New Year’s Resolution #1 Take Action!

Speaking of taking action, I better get this dollhouse built!


From my family to yours, have a wonderful holiday season.  I hope 2017 is filled with abundance, personal growth, and love.

Kevin Slagle


Another great post about taking action is Quantity vs Quality.



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