Think of a person you admire.
Picture him or her vividly in your mind.
Imagine the moments you’ve shared together. Now relive those times of laughter and joy, of sadness and hardship.
Is the image crystal clear? Good.
Why do you admire this person?
But there are so many reasons, I hear you say.
She is smart and funny. She can juggle oranges. And she can wrestle with guys twice her size.
Now that’s great. But the key to your admiration is…
… that you can trust her. She shows up no matter what.
Pros show up and do the work (amateurs don’t)
“Show up and do the work” is a motto to live by. Showing up, day in and day out builds trust, confidence, and remarkable relationships.
Businesses live or die by it. And so do people.
If you’re looking for a “secret” to success, then this is it.
You park your ass in the chair and you do the work. There are no excuses.
It’s not sexy, but hey, it works and always will.
The 10,000 hour rule (or watch all ten seasons of Friends… 100 times in a row)
Author Malcolm Gladwell talks about how important it is to show up and do the work in his book, Outliers. He calls it the 10,000 hour rule.
Research shows that on average, you need 10,000 hours to master a craft. That’s like watching all ten seasons of Friends one hundred times in a row. Yeah, you read that right. It’s 100 times without a break.
Now, if that won’t make you blurt Friends quotes in your sleep, I don’t know what will. I’m bringing up the example of Friends here because it shows just how much commitment that goes into creating a successful TV show. It actually takes about six hours to film a 22-minute episode.
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer all showed up to the set to get to work. And that’s what you need to do to.
Ready? Set? Action!
(They should shoot an extra episode just for us and call it The One with the 10,000 Hour Rule.)
Do you show up and do the work?
Every day is a party. But for that party to kick off, you need to show up. Because you need people to be able to trust you.
80 % of success (however you define it) is about showing up. It’s about being there when people need you the most.
It takes a lot of energy and effort. That’s why only a few people manage to do it well.
But in the end, they are the people we remember and admire. They are the people who make the TV shows that we watch and enjoy.
Why not be one of them?
Please share your thoughts in the comments. We look forward to hearing them.
Photo by Horia Varlan.