Showing Up…Foolish

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Eighty percent of success is showing up.

There is more to this statement than meets the eye, sorry, the mind. It is pregnant with wisdom that is immediately, not apparent.

Therefore, this Woody Allen statement should not be vitiated with a literal interpretation.

Yes, you could show up, but

  • Late
  • In the wrong place
  • Shabby and sloppy
  • Unexcited (with a not-feeling-like-it mood)
  • Uninvited
  • Unfit
  • Unprepared and clueless etc

There is no way showing up this way leads to success. Except in Happily Ever After fantasies.

On the other hand, showing up:

  • Punctual
  • At the right place
  • Smart and organised
  • Motivated (even if you don’t feel like it)
  • Invited
  • Capable
  • Prepared and informed

Sets you up for success.

Just showing up, is showing up, foolish.

Learn from the Boys Scouts. Be prepared! Do your best to always show up prepared. Even if you experience failure. The regret that comes from a result of lack of preparation is more painful, by far, than the failure experienced even after preparation.

Be prepared always.

The task may be insignificant; the person involved may seem unimportant; the cause may not seem worthwhile. Still show up. For real.

Just showing up, is showing up, foolish.

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