Woody Allen said “80% of success is showing up.”

I get what he was trying to say, but I think things have changed a bit since he spoke those words. How many people do you know who are ‘here’ but have no impact? How many do you know that have a lousy work ethic?

The New 80/20

It’s time to flip that famous quote on its head. From now on I say only 20% of success comes from showing up. 80% is doing the work and being a person of impact.

I coach a high school football team and I’ve seen teams throughout the years get off the bus and think that just because they ‘showed up’ victory was theirs. The’ve relied on past success instead of understanding that each time you take the field you better prove you’re worthy of a win.

Stop Allowing Others to Just Show Up (this is for leaders)

Do you own a business? How many people show up but don’t really add much to your success?

My guess is that if you have that kind of thing happening it’s your fault. You’ve failed to create a culture that is one of accountability. If an employee is not making a positive impact to your business then let them just ‘show up’ somewhere else.

How do you keep people from just wasting space and stealing your money?

Keep score. 

Give a clear vision of where the company is going. Give clear direction regarding what you expect people to do (how they contribute to the vision). At least once a month have a Pow-Wow and keep score.

Hint: Imitate a professional sports franchise here. If players or coaches don’t have enough wins they will eventually be traded. You do the same.

“Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You” (a message to employees)

Comedian Steve Martin understood this. That’s his quote.

What does it mean to be so good that people can’t ignore you?

Did they tell you to clean the bathrooms?

Those porcelain thrones are spotless when you’re done with them.

Were you given a list of things to take care of while the cat was away?

The list was completed and a few more things were done when the boss returned.

The point: Be a person of impact. Get stuff done right. Give more than you take.

Stop Whining & Step It Up

Bosses whine…”I don’t have good people.”

Employees whine…”I want to make more money.”

Everyone whines.

When the boss raises expectations and starts keeping score people who are winners will want to work for him.

When the employee who wants to make more dough proves he’s there to do more than steal oxygen and take up space, he will make more money.

Success is 80% doing something worthwhile after you’ve shown up.

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