“Eighty Percent of Success is Showing Up.”
- Woody Allen, Actor
I first encountered this quote by Woody Allen decades ago. At the time, the idea that the majority of success involved merely showing up seemed overly simplistic and surely an exaggeration.
I’ve since come to the conclusion that his statement is more true than not.
If you want to be in great physical shape, show up at the gym for your workouts.
If you want to get great at case interviews, show up at your practice sessions with others.
If you want to be a great friend, show up by calling your friend when they’re having a rough week.
If you want to be a great consultant, show up and respond to the feedback your client gives you.
If you want to be a great employee, show up when you’re supposed to, having done what you were supposed to do.
If you want to be a great spouse, show up and listen to why your spouse is upset and what your spouse needs from you.
If you want to be a great parent, show up when your kids really need you the most.
If you want to be a great singer, show up for rehearsal.
If you want to be a great athlete, show up for practice.
I’ll add to Woody Allen’s quote by saying...
“Eighty percent of success is showing up. The other twenty percent of success is showing up prepared.”