Show Don’t Tell

Show Don’t Tell - RushIn light of the discussion on the significance of applying what we learn and are inspired by (see article Informing, Inspiring, and Applying), I am reminded of the song, Show Don’t Tell by the Canadian power trio, Rush. The lyricist is in essence saying the same thing, “Don’t just talk about what you know [information], but show me [inspiration and application].” That is exactly what I would encourage you to do — take what you learn and apply it. Don’t just talk to your boss, your peers, your employees, your students, your friends, or your family about what you know — show them. Enjoy the lyrics below.

How many times do you hear it?
It goes on all day long
Everyone knows everything
And no one’s ever wrong
Until later…

Who can you believe?
It’s hard to play it safe
But apart from a few good friends
We don’t take anything on faith
Until later…

Show…don’t tell…

(Show me, don’t tell me)
You’ve figured out the score
(Show me, don’t tell me)
I’ve heard it all before
(Show me, don’t tell me)
I don’t care what you say
(Show me, don’t tell me)

You can twist perceptions
Reality won’t budge
You can raise objections
I will be the judge
And the jury

I’ll give it due reflection
Watching from the fence
Give the jury direction
Based on the evidence
I, the jury

(Show me, don’t tell me)
Hey, order in the court
(Show me, don’t tell me)
Let’s try to keep it short
(Show me, don’t tell me)
Enough of your demands
(Show me, don’t tell me)
Witness take the stand
(Show me, don’t tell me)

(Show me, don’t tell me)
Hey, order in the court
(Show me, don’t tell me)
Let’s try to keep it short
(Show me, don’t tell me)
I don’t care what you say
(Show me, don’t tell me)
Let’s see exhibit A

Lyrics by Neil Peart. All lyrics © Copyright 1989 Core Music Publishing.

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