Have you ever heard the quote “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” by Woody Allen?  I heard that quote for the first time about 10 years ago and I didn’t really understand what it meant.  Over the years, I’ve mulled it around in my brain and seen it quoted other places.

Eighty Percent of success is showing up.

Over the past year or so I’ve started to understand what “showing up” means.  It doesn’t just mean to be physically present.  It means to be engaged, active, excited, plugged-in, and enthusiastic.  Success comes when you show up mentally, spiritually, and physically.  It’s about bringing your A game and not just going through the motions.

You will be successful because you already have an edge against almost everyone else.  Most people don’t show up.

Eighty percent of success is showing up.

School is the perfect example of being successful because you show up.  When I think of the people in my classes I’m astounded by how many people there don’t seem to care.  You have to pay attention, study, do your homework, all those activities require “showing up”.  It’s not enough to sit in the back of the room and send text messages to your friends.  You have to listen, participate, ask questions, take notes, and do the reading.  If you want to be successful you have to show up!

Eighty percent of success is showing up.

My dad recently told me a story about a guy he knows.  This guy was a plumber in rural Nebraska. A plumber, nothing more, nothing less.   He got the contract to do the plumbing for a new motel that was being built in his town.  About half way through the project the General Contractor quit.  The motel company called Mr. Plumber and asked him if he could take on the role of General Contractor and finish the motel.  He said he would.

He showed up.

Turns out he did such a good job that the motel company gave him a contract for 1,000 new motels.  Mr. Plumber made $5 million.  $5 million just for showing up.  He said “Yes” when asked and then did the best job he could.  He showed up and it paid off handsomely.

Are you showing up?

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