Eighty percent of success is NOT just showing up

Years back, Woody Allen supposedly said “80% of success in life is just showing up”. 

I wonder how many people truly understood what he meant.

I suspect there are some who assume that simply by falling out of bed in the morning, they are 80% of the way to success.

I don’t think that’s what Woody meant – unless your idea of success is to live to another day and prove to yourself that gravity is still present. 

To get a better idea of what Woody really meant, take his comment and filter it through the lens of Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED speech (below) and I think you’ll have a better idea of the real meaning behind the quote.

In 20 minutes, there’s a little bit of rabbit chasing, but the first 5 and the last 5 really make it worthwhile. 

It isn’t just about “showing up”.