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Tomahawk71
Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018 5:42:25 AM

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Hi,
What does the last sentence mean, please?
a) Action that changes who we are and what we believe IS worth doing.
b) Action changes who we are. And what we believe is worth doing.
Which one?

To begin thinking like lead-ers, we must first act: plunge ourselves into new proj-ects and activities, interact with
very different kinds of people, and experiment with new ways of getting things done. Especially in times of transition
and uncertainty, thinking and introspection should follow experience—not vice versa. Action changes who we are and what we believe is worth doing.
pjharvey
Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018 6:17:22 AM
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I am not sure of what you mean with b). But the meaning of the sentence in bold is:
"Acting (taking action, doing something) changes 2 things: 1) who we are, and 2) what we believe is worth doing, that is, what we think is the case of doing."
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018 6:29:56 AM

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It is an awkward sentence, but it is fairly clear (to me) what it means.

I don't understand the writer's style (Why "lead-ers" and "proj-ects"?) but it's readable.

Action changes who we are and what we believe is worth doing.

I don't think it means "Action changes who we are. And what we believe is worth doing." - Those two ideas are too 'different' to be really written in the same sentence.

I think that the sentence breaks into two like this:
Action changes who we are, and
Action changes what we believe is worth doing.


So, our identity or 'beingness' changes - and our ideas about what is important change, too.

EDITED to add:
PJHarvey answered while I was distracted - but luckily I agree with the answer!
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Tomahawk71
Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018 8:14:44 AM

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Thank you, guys!
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