Woody Allen said 80% of success is showing up. That was clearly before Al Gore invented the Internet. Showing up today gives you 95% of success.
I realized it this weekend. I was at a spin off event of TEDxHoboken, and it was nothing short of soul shifting. The speakers were amazing. The techno-violinist was mind blowing. The learning was infinite.
The event was open to the public, and was practically free. Yet, there will still empty seats. Anyone could have showed up. You could have showed up. But you didn’t.
You probably didn’t know the event was happening. You probably didn’t seek it out in the first place. And that’s a shame. There are millions of opportunities passing us by, simply because we don’t seek them out. It is far easier to stay home and Facebook.
This event – any event of its caliber – would have been standing room only twenty years ago. But today, event planners need to push harder and harder for us to show up. Yet, less and less of us do.
Woody told us that 80% of success is showing up, because that was during a time when many people still did. Before the Net. Before Facebook. Today almost nobody shows up. Ironically, giving you an even easier opportunity to experience success. A 95% opportunity. Start showing up.