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Showing up

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. – Woody Allen

I remember one week in my sophomore year of college I had the worst time getting myself out of bed to go to class. I had all the work done, I was just too lazy to go to class. But I remember thinking one morning that I absolutely had to go to class otherwise I would fail. The fear of failing clearly outweighed my persistence in being lazy because eventually I got myself to class – even if I was unshowered and wearing yesterday’s t-shirt. At least I showed up. Being present physically was the least I could do if I wasn’t motivated enough to be present mentally.

After that phase was over and I found the motivation I needed, I made it a point to keep myself motivated to do better than I was at that point in school so that a phase like that wouldn’t keep me from succeeding in life.

Every college student it seems, goes through a phase where going to class becomes a struggle. Thankfully most cases are only phases and happen on the stretch before a break. The thing you have to keep in mind is that seventy percent of success in life is showing up, which can be translated to showing up for class. Success rates in school have proven to be directly linked to showing up for class (and showing up on time). Nothing stresses me out more than being late for a class, appointment, work, etc. Even if attendance is only twenty-five percent of your grade or less, merely showing up significantly increases your odds of having not only a successful college career, but will also increase the amount of success you have in your professional (and even personal) life.


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