Execution Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old execution quotes, execution sayings, and execution proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions.     

Steve Jobs

Having a vision for what you want is not enough. Vision without execution is hallucination.     

Thomas Alva Edison

Knowing information is not the same as owning it and following through. Information without execution is poverty. Remember: we’re drowning in information, but we’re starving for wisdom.     

Tony Robbins

Very often, a good decision executed quickly beats a brilliant decision implemented slowly or poorly.     

Marcia W. Blenko

A brilliant strategy, blockbuster product, or breakthrough technology can put you on the competitive map, but only solid execution can keep you there.     

Gary L. Neilson

Ideas are easy. It's the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.     

Sue Grafton

Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare.     

Japanese Proverb

An organisation’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.     

Jack Welch

Have a bias towards action – let’s see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.     

Indira Gandhi

A good plan, violently executed now is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.     

George Patton

Innovation is rewarded. Execution is worshipped.     

Eric Thomas

Without strategy, execution is aimless. Without execution, strategy is useless.     

Morris Chang

Execution is the ability to mesh strategy with reality, align people with goals, and achieve the promised results.     

Lawrence Bossidy

Ideation without execution is delusion.     

Robin Sharma

Ideas are a commodity. Execution of them is not.     

Michael Dell

Ideas don’t make you rich. The correct execution of ideas does.     

Felix Dennis

Ideas are cheap. Ideas are easy. Ideas are common. Everybody has ideas. Ideas are highly, highly overvalued. Execution is all that matters.     

Casey Neistat

I always love that phrase, 'Oh, this is a good idea, but it's execution dependent.' As if anything in life is not execution dependent. Breathing is execution-dependent.     

Ted Sarandos

Without execution, 'vision' is just another word for hallucination.     

Mark V. Hurd

Ideas are 10 a penny. It's the execution that's the hard thing to do.     

Hugh Laurie

Good business planning is 9 parts execution for every 1 part strategy.     

Tim Berry

I think having a great idea is vastly overrated. I know it sounds kind of crazy and counterintuitive. I don't think it matters what the idea is, almost. You need great execution.     

Felix Dennis

Complexity is the enemy of execution.     

Tony Robbins

No excuses. No explanation. You don’t win on emotion. You win on execution.     

Tony Dungy

Most leaders would agree that they’d be better off having an average strategy with superb execution than a superb strategy with poor execution. Those who execute always have the upper hand.     

Stephen Covey

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.     

Peter Drucker

Education without execution is extinction.     

Bo Sanchez

Those who know WHAT they do tend to work harder. Those who know WHY tend to work smarter.     

Simon Sinek

Ideas are yesterday, execution is today and excellence will see you into tomorrow.     

Julian Hall

Execution is a specific set of behaviors and techniques that companies need to master in order to have competitive advantage. It’s a discipline of its own.     

Ram Charan and Larry Bossidy

An idea can be as flawless as can be, but its execution will always be full of mistakes.     

Brent Scowcroft

Success is simple, but isn't easy because it demands execution, not intentions.     

Orrin Woodward

Change occurs when excuses pivot to execution.     

Ryan Lilly

It's not what you know; it's not even who you know; it's what you implement that counts.     

Brian P. Moran

Success doesn’t necessarily come from breakthrough innovation, but from flawless execution.     

Naveen Jain

Strategy and execution represent the two sides of one and the same thing.     

Pearl Zhu

Every successful venture is based on an unoriginal idea, beautifully executed.     

Ziad K. Abdelnour

In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably a hallucination.     

Steve Case

It’s not what the vision is, it’s what the vision does.     

Peter Senge

Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.     

Jack Welch

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.     

Walt Disney

Failure is not about insecurity, it’s about lack of execution.     

Jeffery Gitomer

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.     

Pablo Picasso

It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.     

Scott Belsky

Execution is the game.     

Gary Vaynerchuk

In the military, as in any organization, giving the order might be the easiest part. Execution is the real game.     

Russel Honore

Good intentions often get muddled with very complex execution. The last time the government tried to make taxes easier, it created a 1040 EZ form with a 52-page help booklet.     

Brad D. Smith

The best-laid plans can fail for the lack of proper execution.     

Anurag Shourie

Seeing something go from concept to execution is a thrill to me.     

Robert Stigwood

Execution is the result of thousands of decisions made every day by employees acting according to the information they have and their own self-interest.     

Gary L. Neilson

Strategy execution is the responsibility that makes or breaks executives.     

Alan Branche and Sam Bodley-Scott

Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.     

Robert H. Schuller

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.     

Warren Buffett

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.     

Richard Branson